Learn about our awesome kids!
Sam has an undiagnosed medical condition affecting multiple body systems. Sam requires a G tube, J tube, appendicostomy, and a central line. He is also currently TPN/HPN dependent. Majority of the time, you will see Sam riding around in his wheelchair to better assist him. He loves being part of things, spending time with friends, being silly, playing jokes or being a prankster. Sam’s favorite activities include playing minecraft, terraria and scrap mechanic, dancing, riding mules, building with legos, and making friends. Science is the class he’s most looking forward to, and when he grows up, he is going to work at Costco during the day and be a YouTube star at night. His idea of the perfect combination of jobs.
Gavin was not diagnosed until he was four with autism although he had lots of health issues when he was born. He struggled with things like severe reflux and gut issues, low muscle tone, delayed mile stones etc. His expressive verbal language was delayed but as he got older our hope was that it would come and that he would someday talk. By the age of seven the doctors were not hopeful that he would.
Gavin loves being outdoors, on his trampoline, swimming, Nascar, firetrucks, Monstor Jam, basketball, football, BSU anything. He loves his family and extended family and his two dogs Bella and Bailey. He loves music….country, rock, gospel, pop and has it on his iPad constantly.He loves riding the school bus home from school and finds such joy in the common simplicity of life.
Victor will always be battling Chronic Lung Disease and Cerebral Palsy. Every day is a struggle to accomplish tasks that people without disabilities don’t think twice about.
Victor is all boy. He loves sports and his favorite team is the Miami Dolphins which he decided on his own (his parents are Steelers fans). He’s been learning and practicing to dribble a basketball. He loves Xbox and video games and is currently in Cub Scouts. His dislikes – that he can’t jump (doesn’t stop him from trying) and absolutely hates lettuce.
Joey has been given the awesome opportunity, with the help of Darcy and others, to work with Blanchett’s football team as an assistant to the coaches.
Joey truly loves this position and loves Blanchett.
Jace was born with FAE, Fetal Alcohol Effects. Some of the neurological characteristics of Static Encepahlopathy in persons who were prenatally exposed to alcohol include: Easily distracted and disorganized, poor judgment, difficulty with abstract math and money management, difficulty remembering things (short term memory), difficulty retrieving information from memory, emotional immaturity and inability to control impulses.
Jace is an outgoing, too smart for his own good at times, child. He loves to laugh and have a good time. He loves his family and gets excited when he gets to see them. He loves to watch family vlogs on Youtube, especially Roman Atwood or Verne Troyer. He is a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, has a fascination with “Dark Vader”, loves to swim and loves to help mom cook in the kitchen. He is a big helper no matter where he goes and and is loved by all who come into contact with him.
Milo & Charlie
Max was Diagnosed with T-Cell ALL (Leukemia) on Christmas Eve 2016. Max has been positive, upbeat, and an inspiration throughout treatment. He has had his ups and downs, days filled with unknowns and fear and days filled with tears of triumph, but he ends every day with a smile. His parents and brothers love him more than he could ever comprehend and are in awe everyday of the hard things he has to go through and how he handles them. Max will be receiving chemo treatments until May of 2020 and on that last day of treatment he can’t wait to declare to everyone that he won the fight. We have no doubt he will do it with a smile on his face! Max enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, rafting and swimming. He has one of the most sincere kind hearts anyone has ever met and he loves fiercely. He loves all sports and his favorite seems to change with the season. Max is one of a kind and loved by everyone who crosses his path. To put it bluntly, he is our hero, our pride, and our friend.
Ethan is 9-years-old and going into the 4th grade at Hillsdale Elementary this fall. He loves watching his sister play soccer and watching the Boise State Broncos play football. He loves music, dancing, being around people and laughing. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2-years-old and has always been a light in our lives…we are so grateful for his positive spirit!
Kean’s parents must have had a crystal ball when they gave him his name. It is Welsh for fighter. Kean was born 5 weeks early and earned nearly two months in the NICU. His “staycations” at the hospital have been a big theme in his life. A month before his 3rd birthday, Kean was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He underwent daily chemo treatments for nearly 3 ½ years. His family likes to call him the triple threat—he has Down’s syndrome, Autism and cancer but really, he’s a tough little warrior. He loves dance parties, Curious George and Elmo, ice cream, orange chicken and bacon. He especially loves attention (unless he’s not feeling well) and he gives the best hugs on the planet!
Meet Kyree…a very active, talented and charming 4 year old. Kyree loves to play all types of sports and is defiantly all boy. He has lots of natural and physical ability when it comes to any competitive ball playing type sports. This DNA trait is one of the skills that were passed on from both his mother and father. Since first walking at 16.5 months, he has been sprinting and kicking balls nonstop. Kyree is one strong and tough little man. He has been so blessed with physical strength, that he only required PT (Physical Therapy) for just a few months while he was an infant. Kyree is one of the lucky few that have an extra 21st chromosome, which gives him a medical diagnosis of Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome.
In addition to Kyree’s physical talents, he is also musically talented. Dancing and singing to a good beat again comes very easy and natural for him. Pitbull, Bruno Mars, Elvis Presley, NSYNC and many others are just a few artists Kyree likes listening to. He loves to dance, play his toy guitar, play his grandma’s piano and shake his maracas to a good beat.
Kyree is a very kindhearted and loving little boy. In his few short years on this earth, his smile and friendly personality has charmed its way into so many individual souls. Every person Kyree comes in contact with is always met with an authentic smile, captivating eye contact and a welcoming greeting.
Kyree WILL do many, many great things! His future is bright and his potential is endless. He is destined for greatness in whatever path he chooses! He truly is a “Legend in Training”.
Dashiell has a superpower. Most of us have only 46 chromosomes, but Dashiell has 47, and that makes him extra! He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the hospital when he was born five years ago, but he is living a life without limits. He’s had his share of health challenges, including open-heart surgery when he was only 18 months old, although you wouldn’t know it from watching him. His first love was music and dancing, and his first words may have been “Bruno Mars”. He also loves books, soccer, baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and wrestling. His favorite teams are the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Meridian High School Warriors. The Warriors adopted Dashiell during football season this fall, and he was able to meet the players and coaches and watch the home games from the sidelines. Dashiell is being homeschooled, where he’s learning to read, work on his handwriting, and discover the world. He also has speech, occupational, and physical therapy three times a week for three hours at St. Alphonsus Jump Start program. He is a big brother and best friend to Tallulah and Aksel.