At age 12, Callen Walck has already progressed through ten levels and two years of training to achieve his Junior black belt in karate, despite the challenges of CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease). He’s now winning awards and mentoring others as he pursues his path to Senior black belt status.
CMT, the most commonly inherited neurological disorder, affects 1 in 2,500 people, causing nerve damage that often results in muscular weakness in the arms and legs.
Jamie Moulthrop, Callen’s mother, first noticed a problem when he failed to reach his developmental milestones as an infant.
“He still was not walking at 18 months,” she remembers, “so I talked with his physical therapist at Good Shepherd*, and she referred me to Emily (Mattole, CO, LO) at Lawall to have him fitted for a pair of braces. With those braces, he finally took his first steps without assistance at 27 months.”