Florida Toddler with Spina Bifida Gains Strength by Walking Through Disney

Credit: Fox35Orlando (Growing With Harper Mae / Instagram)

Meet Harper Mae. The adorable 3-year-old from St. Petersburg is winning hearts across the internet for her ability to never slow down – even when facing some challenging obstacles.


As shared by Fox35Orlando: Harper Mae Comparin was born with spina bifida, condition where a baby’s spinal cord doesn’t develop properly. So Harper Mae has been working to gain strength in her legs. Harper Mae is using a different way to get her legs stronger – with the help of Mickey Mouse.

Credit: Fox35Orlando (Growing With Harper Mae / Instagram)

Her Instagram page, @GrowingUpWithHarperMae, shows the little blond girl with the infectious smile walking all over Walt Disney World in Orlando as a way to keep moving and get better at walking. With the help of her walker, this tough cookie doesn’t let anything slow her down. She makes her way up ride queues with a big smile on her face the whole time.

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Her mother Erica tells FOX 35 News that Harper Mae has never let spina bifida hold her back. “Nor does she let it stop her from living life to its fullest. She has such a positive attitude and spirit about her, even during some tough days,” she said. “Harper never gives up, and her perseverance knows no bounds.”

Way to go Harer Mae! What a strong and beautiful little lady you are!!


About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.

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