AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - She's faced many challenges at just nine years old, but that doesn't stop her from enjoying life everyday as an average kid her age.
"She's amazing. Like everybody tells me that she's an amazing little girl," said Destiny's mother Victoria Canales.
Looking at her smile, at first glance, you can see a young girl filled with life and happiness.
"She's a normal regular girl. She likes to have fun. She likes to go to school. She likes to be with her cousins family," Canales said. "She's always happy. The only time she's upset is when she's sick, or basically, she's just a happy little girl."
Destiny Canales was born early and spent the first few months in the NICU. After she was released from the hospital, Destiny needed round-the-clock supervision and had to have an at-home nurse until she was three or four years old.
Now, she has cerebral palsy on the left side of her body.
"Day-by-day she grew out of the oxygen, she grew out of the g-tubes," Canales said. "They always say she was a strong little girl. She doesn't walk. She walks with a walker. She was born with a club foot. She's had two surgeries. Her last surgery was last Christmas."
Destiny has dealt with a lot at just 9 years old. And her mother says to be able to see the milestones that she has achieved thus far, is an amazing thing to witness.
"We thought that she would never walk because of her club foot and the way she stands sometimes," Canales said. "So, when she walks with her walker, she's like, she's gone. She's like, it's all Destiny."
Destiny's mom said she's aspiring to be a police officer so she could put the bad guys away.
Destiny was presented a bike last week that will allow her to get extended therapy treatment at home.