When you hear the word "Fighter", What do you think of? Do you think of a person who has trained and fought in a ring? Or, perhaps a cage fighter who has mastered all of the martial arts? Well I want to tell you about a different fighter. One stronger than anyone who has ever stepped into a ring or a cage. On september the 18th, 2004, my definition of a true fighter was born to a scared 17 year old girl. At 1 lb 14 oz. 3 in a half months early and with a 1% chance to live through the night, this fighter won her first fight. She only spent 1 day on a ventalator and began her long journey of defying all of the odds. 2 weeks later, scans were done, confirming that nerves in the brain weren't connecting like normal. A diagnosis of quaraplegia cererabal palsy would be devestating enough for the most responsible parents, but to a young and scared 17 year old girl it would take months to understand what her little penut was really dealing with. For the next 8 years this young mother and her fighter refused to accept the doctors reports defying all the odds. As the odds continued to grow greater it was obvious that a move was needed, where care could give the best chance for a better life. That chance for life came in the form of Johns Hopkins in Baltamore MD. Sometimes the best hostpitals and the strongest will to live is not enough.
The fighter you have been reading about is my great niece Beckie, and the young scared 17 year old mother is my niece Kathryn Urso, (Katie) Her Husband Nicholas Urso works three jobs so Katie can stay home with Beckie which is a 24 hour job, Oh and by the way, Beckie has 3 brothers Dominic, Tony, and Nicholas Jr. Beckie is facing her biggest challenge yet. After 16 total surgeries in 2015 she now needs to see a specialist in Tampa Florida, with last years medical bills topping over 2 million dollars it seems the chance another specialist is Impossible, but if you knew Katie, Nick and Beckie like I do, you would know why I am asking for your help. You see what you think a fighter is, and what I know a fighter is, are worlds apart. Beckie, born at 1 lb 14 oz. is now 88 lbs and she needs every pound for her next and possibly her last fight. So my pleed to everyone is, please help my niece Beckie continue her fight. Trust me, it's far easier for us to let go of the money in our pockets then it is for Beckie to let go of her life.