Meet Taryn

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
2015 Champion Child

Name: Taryn Garriques
Age:  6 years old
City: Columbia, New Jersey
Favorite Color: Purple

In the first few days after birth, Taryn was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia and spastic diplegia cerebral palsy shortly after birth. This diagnosis prevented her from walking, so Taryn got around by crawling the majority of time.

On October, 10, 2014, at just 5 years old, Taryn underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgery to loosen her tightened ligaments. She was transferred to PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ for her intense inpatient therapy where she began her long road to recovery. Taryn was discharged six weeks later and has made so much progress that she is expected to not only walk, but RUN within a year!

Six-year-old Taryn is always smiling and singing her favorite songs from "Sound of Music" or "Annie." Taryn also loves to spend time with her siblings, singing, doing crafts, and playing outside. Taryn's future goal is to become a Firewoman, just like her older brother!

Taryn has a special spirit and truly touches the lives of anyone she meets, inspiring all to never give up.