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‘Second skin’ suit gives new lease of life to toddler

STEPHANIE Pope, of Seven Mile Beach, is no stranger to the difficulties associated with muscular problems.

In fact, it is a condition the three-year-old has lived with for most of her young life.

As a result of her disability, Stephanie often struggled to balance while walking and running, which made it hard for her to keep up with her many friends and peers.

In an effort to help Stephanie run and play like any young girl, the Lions Clubs of Clarence, Sorell and Kingborough teamed up with the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation and disability support service, St Giles, to provide her with a custom-made ‘Second Skin’ suit.

Specially fitted for her young body, the dynamic compression suit is designed to support core and gluteal muscles.

For an extra personal touch, the suit was emblazoned with a large “S” and a cape, which soon lead to the nickname “Super Stephanie”.

Lions Club of Clarence members recently paid a visit to St Giles to see first-hand the benefits of the Second Skin suit.

“Stephanie’s infectious smile and playful nature stole our hearts and it was wonderful to see her running and playing around St Giles,” Lions Club of Clarence member Stephen Smith said.

“It was empowering for the members to see the profound effect the suit had had on Stephanie’s life and to know they had made a real difference,” he said.

“This is just a small way that the Clarence Lions can assist the community.”

For more information about the Lions Club of Clarence, phone David on 0418 379 786.

Caption: Stephanie Pope, three, of Seven Mile Beach, can now enjoy life’s simple pleasures thanks to the generous support of the community.