It is for a very special young man who is battling an illness called Short Gut Syndrome. Elijah is his name. Elijah was born with a disorder known as Gastroschesis (intestines on the outside of his stomach). Since his diagnosis, he has lost most of his intestines which is known as Short Gut Syndrome. As almost everything in life, when one thing happens, there’s usually a chain reaction. Elijah’s chain reaction is that the medications he needs to keep him alive and “healthy”, have done a lot of damage to his other organs and in-turn they are failing. If you’ve ever heard of a Catch 22, here it is.
At nine years old, Elijah has been struggling with this disease his entire life. He is all too familiar with long, seemingly unending hospitals visits. He has suffered more pain in his short life than most of us have in our entire adult lives. But with all of that, he maintains his boyish silliness and thirst for life. He craves the normalcy that most children get to experience: running around with siblings, going for ice cream with friends, or simply going to school without fear of what kind of infection he will get due to his severe susceptibility to common sicknesses. He’s a boy that loves to play with LEGO’s and drive his mother and sister bananas.
One of life’s greatest simple pleasures that most of us take for granted....is eating. Elijah has never been able to partake in this. With this unrelenting syndrome, Elijah is unable to consume any amount of regular food and has been on a strict formula his entire life. (He is fed via TPN-through his veins) Please pause for a moment to imagine what life would be like if you were unable enjoy any food: a bite of pizza, a lick of ice cream, a strand of pasta.
Through all of these obstacles, he has two SUPERWOMEN by his side; his mother Tabbitha and his sister Sara. Tabbitha is the epitome of what strength is. She is his mother, friend, nurse, comedian, teacher, mentor, and confidant. She builds him up and pushes him to try that which he fears. She shows him unending love and encourages him to the embrace the life he’s been given. As difficult as Elijah’s condition is, Tabbitha has done her absolute best to provide nurturing experiences for both Elijah and Sara. (Check our their nature hikes and explorations on FB ) She continues to fight for him every step of the way and has done so as a single mom.
It is time to show Tabbitha that she is not alone. It takes a village to come together to help and heal one another. We are that village and we need your support. Please take a moment and donate what you can for this cause. No donation is too small. Donations will go toward Elijah‘s medical expenses and costs of basic needs for Tabbitha and Sara. Prayers are also welcome and extremely appreciated.
Elijah, Tabbitha and Sara need our support!
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