“He was just about two years old,” recounted Huber, noting that she went through “a flood of emotions. It was every emotion you could think of. It was sadness, because I knew he would have to be dealing with cerebral palsy for the rest of his life, but also tremendous gratitude, because I knew he would be able to walk and many others could not.”
“I was working on both coasts at the same time,” explained Lucci, noting that she and her dancing partner Tony Dovolani would take the red eye from Los Angeles across the country on Tuesday nights after the show. “We would get to New York and take a little nap.
From the moment they got Brendan’s diagnosis, Lucci, Huber and the whole family worked together to help the boy live a full life. And it has paid off. Today, he is an active child, who likes to play with his friends and siblings and is also a cub scout.
“He also has such an empathy about him, because he had such a hard start to life,” added Huber.
Huber explained that her son has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia, which is in his legs. Yet, he is able to walk independently, “which I feel very, very grateful for, of course,” she said. “He’s got challenges. He has difficulty getting himself dressed. We’re having difficulty, of course, learning how to swim [and] kicking the legs… But we’re going to get there.”
“Also, if i’m trying to hide it, what does that say to him?” asked Huber. “I want him to be proud of himself.I don’t want him to ever feel bad at all. I want him to just shout his accomplishments from the rooftop.”
Currently, Brendan gets physical therapy five days a week and on occasion he gets Botox treatments. “It releases the muscles in people with cerebral palsy,” noted Huber. There’s also a surgery that we are investigating. So that’s going to be a journey that we’re going to be on.”