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Steps For Jayden

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Jayden was born on September 14, 2009 at 31 weeks into the pregnancy.  He was 2lbs 13 oz and the doctors did not have an optomistic outlook for him.  

He was rushed to Children's hospital before his mother and father, Josh and Sarah, ever got a chance to hold thier first baby.  Becuase Sarah had to have an emergency C-Section, she was unable to travel with Jayden and would not get to see him for almost a week after he was born other than a quick "hand-hug" as he was rushed out of the hospital in Cheyenne, WY.  

He was met at the hospital by Josh and Sarah's parents and family, who did not leave his side until Josh and Sarah were able to travel to Colorado to see him.  During his first few weeks, he made amazine steps, kicking the need for oxygen quicker than doctors expected and being awake and alert!  After spending over 2 months in the NICU, he was diagnosed with PVL (Periventricular Leukomalacia) just before he was released to go home with mom and dad. 

The doctors explained that there was no way to be able to tell how the diagnosis would effect him until his was closer to 2 years old.  As he grew, it became clear as he missed average milestones that the PVL was effecting him.  He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2.

His parents did not let that stop them from keeping him involved in everything he wanted to do.  His first fishing trip he not only caught the biggest fish, he out fished his K-Pop (Grandfather), two uncles and his Dad!

Even if its something that he absoultly can't do on his own, his family is right there to make sure that he at least gets to try and never feels left out!

Jayden is now 8 years old and has a younger brother and sister that he loves to death! He attends school and is in the second grade and spends one day a week with a local Boy Scout Troop that has gone out of their way to try and adapt their program to his needs. (He has even won two Pine Wood Derby Races!!)

Jayden continues to fight every day. He has an amazingly positive attitude about life and an adventerous spirit but as he has started going to school and seeing friends that can run and play in the grass where he is not allowed to take his wheel chair, his parents have heard Jayden tell them many times that he wished he could walk so he could play with his friends. Heart broken and helpless, his parents stuggle everyday trying to find new ways to help thier son deal with the simple things that most take for granted in life. 

Recently, Josh and Sarah found a team of doctors based in California that has made very promising leaps forward working with young kids with Cerebral Palsy with a combination of medication and therapy, however, each session is approximately $18,000.00 and insurance will not cover a dime.   They are also trying to find a way to afford to move to a new house without stairs or afford to build the necessary adaptations to their current house to allow for Jayden to get his wheel chair into the house and have some semblance of independance at home. Josh is currently serving in the United States Air Force and Sarah put her dreams on a shelf to stay home and raise their 3 amazing children.  This kind of money is not easy to come by for them but they will never give up on Jayden.   Any donation is greatly appriciated in getting them on the path to helping their son thrive and succeed in life.  We understand that times are hard so your thoughts and prayers for this family are greatly appriciated as well!



  • Dean and Pat Hess
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Kyle Thornton
Littleton, CO
Josh Thornton

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