Caiden Z.

Condition: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
City, State: Klamath Falls, OR
Club: Brixner Jr High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 1/28/2020

Caiden's Story:

• Caiden is a friendly and outgoing 8-year-old boy who loves sports, Legos, and video games.

• When Caiden was 5 years old, he was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

• With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, muscles break down and grow weaker over time. This is caused by a defect of a protein called dystrophin that helps keep muscle cells intact.

• Caiden wear’s AFO braces on his legs and feet day and night and often uses a scooter to help him get around. He may eventually need to use a wheelchair.

• While DMD makes it difficult to walk, run, and jump, Caiden doesn’t let this keep him from being involved in various sports that he loves.

• Caiden often endures body aches and cramps in his legs and takes daily medication to help relieve the effects of his muscular dystrophy.

• Muscular dystrophy can cause curvature of the spine (scoliosis) while also affecting the heart and respiratory muscles, so Caiden sees doctors often, both locally and long distance.

• The effects of muscular dystrophy get worse over time, and currently, there is no cure. However, Caiden is a brave and determined young man who enjoys his life and refuses to give up. He is an inspiration to all who meet him.

• Due to Caiden’s need for a scooter, his family hopes to be able to install a ramp at the front of their house to make it easier to come and go. Another practical need would be a car carrier for Caiden’s scooter, which would make it much easier to transport.

• Caiden will be adopted as a Sparrow to Brixner Jr. High School, in Klamath Falls. Students at Brixner Jr. High will work hard to raise money for Caiden through sponsored community service projects.


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