Canyon Giles was born June 7, 2019, as a twin to his brother Crew. They were born prematurely in an emergency c-section and spent the first month of their lives in the NICU. If you know Canyon, he is the happiest kid you'll ever meet and has a smile that will melt your heart. His parents Tanner and Morgan knew from an early age that something just wasn’t right but their doctor kept putting off their concerns. As Canyon grew and developed his parents noticed that he wasn’t hitting the same milestones as his twin brother and other kids his age were doing like sitting up, rolling over, crawling, walking, etc. At nine months Canyon started early intervention physical and occupational therapy. After his 1st birthday, Tanner and Morgan took matters into their own hands and went to a Neurologist for a second opinion. After many tests and evaluations from the Neurologists, they ordered an MRI which confirmed Canyon suffered a stroke at birth which caused him to develop Cerebral Palsy.
Once the diagnosis was made, intensive therapy treatment started immediately alongside the early intervention treatment. Canyon was having visits as many as five days a week for two hours at a time only to find out that their insurance only covered a maximum of 20 visits in a full year. Those 20 visits covered by their insurance were reached within the first month of treatments. Unfortunately, the rest has to be paid out of pocket with single visits costing up to $300 per session - multiple times every week. Canyon has made incredible progress in his short time of treatment, but has a lifetime of doctor appointments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and even speech therapy, not to mention the medication and equipment needed right now to help him learn to walk; all of which is denied by their insurance plan.
Tanner and Morgan are always the first to show up and help anyone in need, never asking for anything in return. We would like to give back and help ease the financial and emotional stress that has been placed on their family. They both work full time and take on any extra hours that they can just so they can give Canyon the treatments he needs and hopefully allows him to just be a kid. Any donations will mean the world to them. If you could please share and spread the word, we would love to give them a Christmas that they will never forget!
You can learn about Cerebral Palsy here:
- Jonathan Babcock
- Shawna Cales
- Colleen Grimshaw
- Christine Glover
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