Larke Johnson

Chicago Native with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy


Larke is a 16 year old high school junior diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Supported by her parents Armand and Angela, Larke had always complimented her therapeutic services with recreational activities. She participates in yoga, swimming, running, horseback riding (with her 8 year old brother Asa), and most notably ballet. She has performed in the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker in a role created for a diverse dancer. She has also participated in research studies with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Northwestern University, and Governor’s State University. After high school, Larke plans to further her artistic endeavors by studying dance in college. She hopes to help expand adaptive programs throughout the city.

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