Condition: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
City, State: OR
Club: Sams Valley Elementary School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 298
Date Adopted: 2/01/2008

Sheldon's Story:
(2/1/08) Eleven-year-old Sheldon Derr is a student at Sams Valley Elementary. Sams Valley is excited to be "adopting" Sheldon as their sparrow for the 2007/2008 school year. For years, Sheldon has endured the debilitating effects of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which has confined him to a wheelchair. The disease has caused severe curvature of his spine, along with severely decreased lung capacity. Because his lungs function at only 30% capacity, Sheldon uses a machine at night to help him breathe. Sheldon will soon endure a 7-hour surgery in Portland, in order to straighten his spine and help him breathe easier. The funds raised through the Sparrow Club will be used to help offset the cost of physical therapy, medical equipment, travel expenses, and will help with basic family needs.


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