Intense therapy camp for Ty

On Nov 19th, 2015 we first met our son, Ty, who stole our hearts from the first moment we laid eyes on him. Just a month prior to our meeting, Ty had suffered a traumatic brain injury and his prognosis was poor, if survivable. Obviously, God has great plans for this little guy. We feel very blessed that God chose us to be his parents and that we get to be a part of his journey. Ty was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and cortical vision impairment. He is a quadriplegic and also has a seizure disorder. He has been involved in therapy since December 2015 and has been making steady progress, but our physicians feel he could benefit from a more intensive approach. We started looking for help online and found the Pediatric Therapy Center in Houston, Texas. To our delight, they feel Ty would be a good candidate for their Neuro-Development Treatment (NDT) program. This is an intensive three-week program starting July 9th that we’d love to enroll him in with the hopes of correcting three issues – helping him learn to swallow, gain more control of his limbs, and sit up. The ultimate goal of NDT is to rewire Ty’s brain so his muscles will respond correctly to his brain’s cues. NDT can actually create new neural pathways so his present brain-muscle communications don’t become hard-wired incorrectly. Right now, for example, the muscles in his throat don’t know to swallow, so his saliva, medicine and the water we feed him are pooling in his throat causing him to choke, gag and turn blue. He also doesn’t know how to control his arm movement. His damaged brain tells him to jerk his arm when he wants to reach for something, but through NDT, our goal is for him to learn to reach for and grasp an object. With this GoFundMe request, our hope is for Karen and Ty to fly to Texas for this three-week program which will be three hours a day, 5 days a week. In the final week of the program, Wes and the rest of the family will drive to Texas so Wes can join Karen in learning how to continue the NDT work at home. The total cost for the program is $4,950, and flight/gas will likely be another$1000.Would you help us enroll our son by making a donation? (An anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations made from March 8th, 2018 and April 1st, 2018(up to 1,000.00 total)your gift of any amount would be greatly appreciated. Love, Karen, Wes & the Weikle Clan

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  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 37 mos
  • Donnie Rogan 
    • $100 
    • 37 mos
  • Tom Hall 
    • $20 
    • 37 mos
  • Matching Grant 
    • $805 
    • 37 mos
  • Tammy Hoffman 
    • $45 
    • 37 mos
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Organizer

Karen Weikle 
Organizer
Maroa, IL
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