In July of 2015, Hayden became I'll with what doctors thought was the flu bug. During this time blood was found in his urine. After 2 years of repeated treatments, Hayden was sent to Sanford's Children's Hospital, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for further testing. The results showed that Hayden's left kidney was not functioning at the rate it should be. Hayden was given medications to treat his low kidney function, after the doctors diagnosed him with having hematuria (red blood cells present in the urine), which was presumably caused by a viral infection. Hayden and his parents journeyed homeward to Rapid City, South Dakota with antibiotics and other medication to treat Hayden's condition.
A month after Hayden's hematuria diagnosis, there was now blood present in his stools along with blood in his urine. Claudia and Nick traveled back to Sandford's Children's Hospital, with their tough little trooper. Hayden underwent continued testing, in which this fiery 8 year old had been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. This means more medical bills, more long trips to Sioux Falls, more missed work and more tests and treatments for Hayden.
Raising money to help with the cost for travel, medical bills, missed work and such, would help Hayden's family immensely.
Despite his health issues, Hayden is an energetic, mischievous, fun loving, creative, intelligent, goofy, ball of fire. He loves playing baseball, attending Rapid City Rush Hockey games and being a typical, silly, funny, rambunctious 8 year old. Hayden also loves to play video games, drawing, playing guns with his mom and dad and also tormenting his big sister, Ashley.
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