Genesis and the Quad Cities River Bandits are honoring Home Runs for Life recipient Addy Hosette, 10, of Charlotte, Iowa.
Genesis and the Quad Cities River Bandits have been partnering since 2016 to recognize the success stories of Genesis physical therapy and
rehabilitation patients.
Friday, September 9, at the end of the 1 st inning at Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S Gaines St, Davenport, Iowa the team will honor Addy. The game starts at 6:30 p.m., and Addy will be honored during an on-the-field ceremony by the players from both teams. In addition, a video about Addy will play on the video board during the ceremony.

Iowa's Genesis And Quad Cities River Bandits Honor Home Runs For Life Recipient Addy Hosette

Addy Hosette, the Genesis Home Runs for Life honoree for September 2022, works with her Genesis GOPEDS physical therapist Kara Housewright Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Bettendorf. Addy and her mother travel 45 minutes from their home in Charlotte, Iowa for the 10-year-old’s therapy sessions 4 days a week.

Addy Hosette is a fighter, a teller of jokes, and the Genesis Home Runs for Life honoree for September. Addy was born 12 weeks premature and, at age 3, was diagnosed with the spastic diplegia form of cerebral palsy (CP). Having CP caused her muscles to be stiff, making it harder for her to walk or run normally.
Addy’s CP primarily affected the lower half of her body. From a day-to-day standpoint, she would get exhausted walking long distances. She couldn’t do the mile walk or run at school because she would get tired very easily, her mother, Kelly, said.

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The remarkable 10-year-old from Charlotte, Iowa, and her mother travel 45-minutes to Genesis GOPEDS in Bettendorf four days a week. Addy’s intense physical therapy sessions last 45 to 60 minutes, and then the pair drive another 45 minutes back home.
Addy underwent a unique surgery called a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy on April 22, 2022, which was designed to mitigate the effects of cerebral palsy on her ability to walk and run.

“They go into the lumbar one vertebra and isolate the dorsal nerves that are not communicating correctly between the brain and the leg muscles. Then they cut the ones that are not firing correctly. During Addy’s surgery, they cut about 80 to a 100 nerve fibers,” Kelly said.
Addy has been eligible for the surgery for about five years. Still, Kelly wanted to wait until her daughter was old enough to “buy in to the daunting task of the required physical rehabilitation.

Iowa's Genesis And Quad Cities River Bandits Honor Home Runs For Life Recipient Addy Hosette

Addy Hosette, the Genesis Home Runs for Life honoree for September 2022, participates in her Genesis GOPEDS physical therapy session Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Bettendorf.

“When she came to GOPEDS in May, she was in a wheelchair and had very minimal movement in her legs. Now she is running and jumping, maybe doing a bit too much, but that’s Addy” said Kara Housewright, one of Addy’s two Genesis GOPEDS physical therapists.
“She’s doing amazing and is such a hard worker.”

Kelly doesn’t know who picked Kara and Kim as her daughter’s physical therapists, but she is immensely grateful.
“Addy needed someone as her physical therapist who got her and could figure out the way she works to get her to work hard. Both Kim and Kara understood Addy right from the start. They found the way to push her to do great things,” her mom said.

Iowa's Genesis And Quad Cities River Bandits Honor Home Runs For Life Recipient Addy Hosette

Addy Hosette, the Genesis Home Runs for Life honoree for September 2022, walks the balance beam with the help of Genesis GOPEDS physical therapist Kara Housewright Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Bettendorf.

As Kara leads Addy through her paces, the blueish late afternoon sunlight spills into the yellow-clad physical therapy room at Genesis GOPEDS in Bettendorf. The 10-year-old finishes each exercise with a dramatic drop to the floor, feigning exhaustion, only to pop back up ready for more.
The expertise and dedication of the Genesis GOPEDS staff and therapists make the hour-and-a-half round trip of driving, four days a week, worth every second, Kelly said.
Addy said that the intense therapy sessions have forged a sisterly bond between her and her therapists, Kara and Kim.

Iowa's Genesis And Quad Cities River Bandits Honor Home Runs For Life Recipient Addy Hosette

Addy Hosette, the Genesis Home Runs for Life honoree for September 2022, works with her Genesis GOPEDS physical therapist Kara Housewright Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Bettendorf.

“I would love them to be my sisters because they work me harder than I expected. I love it because then it’s a challenge that I can push myself
harder than normal,” Addy said. “It feels great that I can do the things I couldn’t do when I was in a wheelchair, but now I can finally run and catch up with my friends.”
The future looks bright for Addy. She is doing so well that she has shattered the standard post-operative therapy schedule.
“Addy is so far ahead of where she was pre-op. She’s able to stand on one foot, which she couldn’t do before; she’s able to jump on one foot, which she couldn’t do before. Before, she was up on her toes so much that she couldn’t really get her balance right,” Kelly said.
“She’s doing so many amazing things, and it’s awesome to watch. I am so excited to see what comes next.”
If it is up to Addy, what comes next is an epic race. She has set a goal for herself to beat one of her fastest classmates in a sprint.
The smart money is on Addy.

 

Iowa's Genesis And Quad Cities River Bandits Honor Home Runs For Life Recipient Addy Hosette
Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.
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Iowa's Genesis And Quad Cities River Bandits Honor Home Runs For Life Recipient Addy Hosette

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