Brayden Christmas Windham, NH 13,606 Votes
My son is Brayden Cole. His name means brave warrior. He was born with severe hydrocephalus, abducted thumbs, club feet, nystagmus in both eyes- which he now wears glasses for- and muscle spasticity. He was diagnosed with L1 syndrome. It is a very rare genetic disorder. He has undergone 13 surgeries in his six years. Six of those surgeries were in the first six months. He now wears braces on both feet as well as hand braces on both hands. He is primarily g-tube fed. He is non-verbal and he does not walk, but thankfully that’s not everything. Brayden is a very social young boy. He loves his school and his church. He signs some words and is starting to use a communication device. He loves to watch and learn from his sister and friends and he can never give out enough hugs. His wheelchair is something he loves and has done very well manipulating. We have found that not only has it opened up a world of mobility for him, it is also a comfort to him. If he is ever anxious or unsure of things his wheelchair provides him the security he desires. I guess when you can’t just walk away from something a wheelchair can become a wonderful tool for you. Now at the age of six he weighs just over 40 lbs. His father is six feet four inches, so Brayden could very well be tall, and he is getting quite heavy as is his chair. This van would be such a huge blessing to our family and our backs. Trips to the store or out for a quick errand won’t have to take quite as long or be so physically demanding. I guess you could say it would open up a lot for all of us. Thank you so much!