‘She’s just a really good kid, and always encouraged everybody,’ says coach
When the Madera South class of 2013 celebrated its graduation last week, smiles were numerous, parents beamed with pride, and students basked in the wonderful feeling of success.
But perhaps no family felt as much pride as that of David and Susan Randall on that celebratory day. For their daughter, Heather Randall, who graduated with her class, has had to deal with an undiagnosable developmental disorder from the day she was born.
The most notable effect of the disorder — which her mother Susan said doctors call “Heather Syndrome” — is her speech, which she has worked on for years.
“I’ve had these problems all my life,” Randall said. “Sometimes I still talk and people can’t understand me, but I never give up, I keep on trying and keep working on my speech even though it’s not perfect.”