Sydney Potjer, 6, touched many lives during her short, but joyful life

Sydney Potjer, 6, touched many lives during her short, but joyful life

The Grand Rapids Press | May 11, 2011 | By Brittany Shammas

BYRON TOWNSHIP — Sydney Potjer believed she could do anything anybody else did.

Although a degenerative condition kept her in a wheelchair, the 6-year-old would see a person with a flat tire and want to help them. She saw someone snowboarding on TV and wanted to try it.

“If you asked her, she was the fastest kid in the class,” said her father, Tim Potjer. “She’d be in her power chair and they’d be chasing her around and she’d say, ‘Dad, I’m the fastest.’”

Sydney died Sunday after going into cardiac arrest, likely a complication of Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy.

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