Imagine finding out that your newborn baby has been diagnosed with an inherited life-threatening disease. When Dennis and Erin Gordon learned that their infant son’s test had come back positive, they thought their world was tumbling down. Instead they discovered their world was blessed with a determined, energetic and optimistic young man. Along with brother, Bray, the Gordon family relies on hope – hope that Branen will have a long and healthy life ahead of him.
Seven-year-old Desiree was very excited about Spirit Day at McKinley Elementary School in Stevens Point in September 2008. She wanted to cross the street by herself, so her mother, Kristy, dropped her off. As Kristy was watching Desiree run towards the school, she was about to yell for her to look both ways, but it was too late. Desiree was struck by an SUV.
When you first meet Noah Eckelberg of Spencer, you can’t help but notice his infectious smile and exuberant personality. Most people hardly even notice his slight limp when he’s not in his wheelchair. You also quickly realize that he seems much older than his seven years. Perhaps that’s because Noah has endured much more than other children his age.
When you meet nine-year-old Scedra Stoffel of Nekoosa, you will notice one thing – she knows how to make you smile. Scedra has beautiful brown hair, an incredible smile and a charming personality. The other thing you might notice about Scedra is her unusual first name. It’s a unique combination of the first initials of her six grandmothers. By the way, Scedra also has cerebral palsy.
While most of us were enjoying the beautiful summer weather in June 2008, the lives of Bob and Kara Rode of Wausau were turned upside down. What appeared to be a bug bite on the back of their three-year-old son’s head, was soon diagnosed as something much worse.