Girl, 9, overcomes brain tumor to earn Tae Kwon Do black belt

WNYT Staff
Created: November 08, 2019 07:44 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A young girl and her parents are preparing to celebrate a major accomplishment in their lives. It's an achievement that might not have happened had it not been for their persistence.

Sara and Dwayne Robinson remember like it was yesterday the day nine years ago when they discovered they were having a little baby girl.


However, around age 1, the couple realized something was wrong with Demi. She was having a hard time eating. At first, doctors thought she was a picky eater, but her gait was also off. The parents pushed and pushed and got news that no parent ever wants to hear. Demi had a three-inch brain tumor.

After the surgery, there was more bad news. Demi was diagnosed with posterior fossa syndrome. She lost the ability to eat, walk, and talk.

Around this time, a doctor advised Demi's parents they would have to throw everything at this kid to bring her back.

They enrolled her in Pai's Tae Kwon Do to work on her balance.

Her progress is remarkable. She's walking, talking, and has run many, many miles.

This Saturday, November 9, the 9-year-old girl will receive her black belt.

Meet Demi and her family, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

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