Nathan Glad, 8 Condition: Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) Book: Climbing with Tigers His Story: click here.
NATHAN GLAD is the happiest boy you will meet. He takes nothing for granted and is completely genuine in his passion for people and life. You will never find a more grate- ful boy; in fact, his first spoken words were “gank you.” Nathan’s condition is Osteogenesis Imperfecta or O.I. for short (also known as Brittle Bones). He breaks his bones on average once a month—usually a long bone like a femur or humerus. He has been through a dozen surgeries to place rods in his legs and arms— to both straighten and strengthen his bones. Nathan’s biggest goal right now is to walk. He is working hard at physical therapy to get to the point where he can stand and, hopefully, someday take his first steps! Nathan loves playing baseball for his miracle league team, the Angels, and is fascinated with speedy things (cars, motorcycles and rockets).
SHAELYN SIMIS is a brave, vibrant, happy 7-year-old from Meridian, Idaho. She loves ladybugs and making people laugh. Shae was diagnosed in February 2013 with stage III Melanoma. She has a strong fighting spirit which gives those around her strength. As a 1st grader, she enjoys school, and she powers through her days even when chemotherapy makes her tired and sick. Shaelyn’s favorite thing to do is spending time at the family cabin near Stanley, Idaho, with her whole family. LUCKY NOTE: it was after we designed Daisy that we found out ladybugs are called ladybirds in England!
JORDAN MARIN VINCENT is a cancer slayer. First diagnosed in 2004, she's been battling a massive onslaught of neuroglial brain tumors for nearly a decade, and doing it with her own inimitable style. Driven by the mantras of "never give up" and "kick cancer's butt," Jordan has persevered against a rare disease that has scant data and few case studies to guide her team. Sassy, spirited and always ready for a puzzle, Jordan lives every day to its fullest and brings those around her along for a ride.
COLIN KOPACKO is a Mito Warrior. After years of searching for what was making Colin (and his little brother, Jesse) ill and unable to eat, doctors were finally able to diagnose the brothers with Mitochondrial Disease (a terminal illness) in November 2012. Mitochondria are in every cell in our bodies (except for red blood cells) and are responsible for making 90% of the energy our bodies need to live. Since this disease affects those mitochondria, it affects Colin's muscles, nerves, stomach, intestines, hearing, and lungs. Driven to defeat the "germ in his belly," Colin has endured many surgeries, medical procedures, and hospital stays. Even with the long list of medical issues and daily pain he and his little brother face, Colin shows us all that life is amazing and so much fun! He is wise beyond his years and loves to tell jokes. While Mito may be stealing Colin's energy, he has not let it steal his joy as he and his brother show us what true courage is.
ZACHYUS BOWERS is an amazing young guy. He loves helping others and has a kind and outgoing spirit. Zachyus has a medical condition known as Severe Chronic Asthma. Due to the severity of his asthma, Zachyus has to have his inhaler and nebulizer present with him at all times. Zachyus receives treatment every 2-4 weeks at the Northeast Pediatric Pulmonology Center. He loves the game of basketball and football and hopes that one day he will pursue the dream of becoming an NBA or NFL player.
DELANEY CLEMENTS is an energetic, outgoing, kind, funny, and very giving young lady. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer in 2010. She is currently receiving treatment (one week on and two weeks off) at Denver Children's Hospital. Delaney is quite the celebrity in her home town of Grand Junction, Colorado. People of all ages admire her courage and her strength. Delaney has been working very hard with her local non-profit organization, Delaney Donates, to bring more awareness about childhood cancer and to remind people the funding that is needed for additional research.
BRIANNA GRINDLE is a lively little 9-year-old girl that lets nothing get in her way. She was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder and dysautonomia in 2014. Because of those conditions, her stomach doesn’t digest food correctly. To help her body get what it needs, she has an ileostomy and G-J feeding tube. Despite many years of setbacks in her young life, Brianna always wears a smile for the world to see. She enjoys horses, princesses, and puzzles. She loves singing songs, going to church, and eating ice cream. Brianna appreciates and loves her family and everyone in her life. She looks forward to see where the next adventure will take her.
EMMA BECKER is an amazing, vivacious, funny, tender-hearted girl whose life changed in October 2013 when she was diagnosed with the blood cancer, Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia (B-cell). Despite her diagnosis, Emma is committed to living life with smiles and joy. Even at her lowest moments during the 2 1/2-year treatment process, Emma maintains a spirit of determination and faith beyond her years. She never shies away from sharing her infectious smile with others and telling them about her chemo, hair loss, etc., thereby creating greater awareness about pediatric cancer in her community. Emma is a warrior whose inward beauty matches her outward courage and strength of character. The way Emma faces each day reminds us all that life is to be spent thriving no matter what it throws at us.