Just because 23-year old Korey Soderman is confined to a wheelchair due to his cerebral palsy, does not mean he is not a great dancer. The music lover has made it a point throughout his life not to let his cerebral palsy come in the way of her passion for music and dance.
Throughout all the challenges Soderman has had to face as a result of his cerebral palsy – such as difficult therapies and surgeries – he has always had his music. In an email he recently explained, “Music was my escape from my situation.” He communicated this through email as he cannot talk. He added that it was music that always “motivated, soothed and inspired [him].” From when he was a young boy, friends would come over and “dance” with him, lying on the floor as Korey couldn’t get up, shouting out “Lay Down Party.”
Soderman started Korey’s Krew for others with special needs to gain free access to the social functions able-bodied people take for granted. This non-profit organization enables others like Soderman to participate in festivals, concerts, sporting events, and the like.
Korey’s Krew has held: a Florida Panther’s Hockey Game; concert trips; a fundraiser flashmob and more. Simultaneous to its entertainment provision, Korey’s Krew aims to help those who are somewhat housebound to “get out, have fun and make friends.” In other words, the organization set up by Soderman really wants to give those with special needs – from children to adults – enhanced independence, enabling them to live as normal a life as possible, just like everyone else.
Wendy and Kris Soderman – Korey’s parents – have been very supportive of Korey’s ventures, as has Kyle, his twin brother. Korey explains this further. They all knew they wouldn’t be able to change his body so instead of trying to do that, they sought to “treat it as a gift or opportunity to be better people and have a richer life.”
Now Korey’s dream is to see the Krew working in every major city, giving “differently-abled” individuals the opportunity to attend social events with everyone else. Soderman points out, “it is so powerful when you live your life with purpose – no disability here.”