Ricky P.

Condition: Heart Issue; Thyroid Issue; Down Syndrome
City, State: Phoenix, OR
Club: Phoenix High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 10/29/2021

Ricky's Story:

Ricky is a sweet 6-year-old boy who is always smiling. He loves being active and he is very intelligent.

Ricky was born early (7 months gestation), weighing just 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

He spent his first few months in the NICU, where doctors discovered a heart issue, a thyroid issue, and challenges with swallowing. Ricky was also diagnosed with down syndrome.

Ricky is non-verbal but utilizes a speech generating device. He is also enrolled in weekly speech and physical therapies.

Ricky’s condition causes him to be very small in stature and he often gets confused for being much younger than he is.

Ricky visits OHSU often for swallow tests. He is currently relying on food supplements he can easily swallow. He also takes daily medication for his thyroid and wears braces for his ankles.

Despite all the medical challenges, Ricky is such a joyful little boy. He is very loving and happy.

Ricky and his family recently faced a tragedy when they became victims of the 2020 Almeda Fire. They lost their home to this fire.

Ricky will be adopted as a Sparrow to Phoenix High School. PHS Students will work hard to raise money for Ricky through sponsored community service.


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