Katie Myers and her husband live in Palm Beach and are ecstatic when they find out they are going to have a kid together. A little boy. The pregnancy progresses perfectly and Kaden, their son, fills his parents' lives with joy and love.
But just months after his birth, his mother begins to become terrified.
She realizes that the 1-and-a-half Kaden
is not developing as quickly as his age peers. Today, the mother
regrets comparing her child with others. A doctor eventually gives them a
ghastly diagnosis: Kaden is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy,
type 2. He will never be able to walk without help. He will only be able
to sit up with extreme effort. He will not grow old.
Katie fights for her son and Kaden
fights too! Every day he fights his way fiercely another step forward
into life. He learns to sit up, to raise his arms. Eventually, he can
use a wheelchair. Katie is unbelievably proud of her little fighter.
They go to the museum and aquarium often to give Kaden some diversion
because of the flat floors that Kaden can roll on with his wheelchair.
One day, they are witness to a wonderful meeting.
Kaden is playing with an exhibition, as
much as he is able, where colorful balls can be moved on rails. Katie
watches from a distance, to let the little guy discover the game for
himself. Then an older boy steps up to Kaden and does something that
moves Katie's heart so deeply that she takes a secret picture of the
two. She posts the picture on Kaden's Facebook account and writes:
"To the little boy at the science museum, I don't know who you
are, but thank you for being amazing. You let my son play and engage
with you. You helped him pick up balls from the floor when you saw that
he could not. You didn't ask what was wrong with him or why he couldn't
walk, you just saw him. Kaden is a lot like you, he is very curious and
wildly smart. He wants to know how everything works. Thank you for
helping him turn the lever when you noticed he was too weak to do it
himself. You will probably never see this but just by being you, you
make this world better."
The anonymous boy seemed to not even notice his play
companion's wheelchair or his cumbersome movements! Without a single
question, he plays with Kaden. "I would love to tell his parents how
unbelievable and caring their son is that he treats everyone the same,"
The mother explains in an interview
later that there is nothing wrong with asking questions about Kaden. But
this carefree time with a playmate, free of probing questions, was
simply incomparable. Being seen as a normal child and being treated as
such, means a lot for the little boy who fights for his survival every
With the photo, Katie would like to find the young boy to thank him
personally, on the one hand, and on the other to spread awareness about
Kaden's illness. An illness that tortures the boy so much. Help this
wonderful mother and share this article!
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