Rally for Ryder


Ryder Ford Wilhoit, two and a half year old son of Cody Wilhoit and Jessica Jivanjee, has had a rough life.  He was born 10 weeks early and diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy.  He has been in and out of the hospital and attends various therapies several times a week.

This year has been particularly hard on him.  He spent three weeks in the hospital earlier this year with life threatening complications.  He is a fighter and, thanks to prayers and good doctors, he came through it.  He is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and has had two surgeries this week.  He has had 9 inches of intestines removed due to his intestines twisting and a temporary colostomy because he was too weak to finish the surgery.  He will need another surgery in four to six weeks to reattach his intestines and remove the colostomy.  He is also being referred to a specialist at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.  They were told that his intestines can get twisted at anytime for the rest of his life. 

Ryder requires around the clock care so Jessica is a stay at home mom with him and his sister, Rowen, who is 15 months.  She also recently found out she is pregnant with their third baby. 

Due to Ryder’s needs, Cody started his own business a little over a year ago so he can be a bit more flexible with doctor appointments that he needs to attend.  He is a very well respected mobile mechanic who has grown a successful business from the beginning.  Unfortunately, due to the first three week hospital stay this year, he was unable to work as much and fell behind on their bills.  This hospital stay has put them even further behind.  He is working as much as possible when Ryder is stable but not everyone can wait for their car to be fixed around that. 

Cody’s truck is his business.  He carries his tools and equipment to work on cars around Middle Tennessee.  He is behind on his payments and can’t afford to lose what is essentially his source of income.

Due to Ryder’s growth and equipment, they will need to go from a small SUV to a large SUV.  Currently Ryder’s equipment barely fits into the cargo space in their current vehicle plus his sister’s things as well.32068874_153401814487371_r.jpeg 

To add to everything else, they recently discovered mold under their entire house.  They were hoping to sell their property to move closer to the hospital and to the special needs school that Ryder will be attending soon but this, obviously, will hinder that option.  Currently Jess has to drive at least an hour or more each way to doctors’ appointments and therapies.  Also, in the event of an emergency, it takes them at least an hour to get Ryder to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital which could make the difference of life or death.

As you can imagine, this is all very overwhelming for them.  They do not like asking for help but have reached a point that they don’t know what else to do.  They are humbly asking for donations in order to help them get their payments caught up on their home and truck, to get the mold remediated so they can sell their home and get closer to Vanderbilt and to purchase a large SUV.  If you need any work done on your cars, Cody would also appreciate the opportunity to work for you.  He is a certified mechanic with years of experience on domestic and foreign cars as well as recreational vehicles.

I, Diane Wilhoit, am Ryder's grandma and Cody's mom.  I live in Franklin, TN.  I am overseeing this account on their behalf.  This money is being used to catch them up on their house and truck payments, mold remediation, towards a new vehicle that will accommodate Ryder's equipment and living expenses when Cody is unable to work.  At some point soon they will be travelling to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital to see a specialist and this money will help them with those expenses as well.
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Diane Wetstein Wilhoit 
Franklin, TN
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