Just north of Denver in a City called Fort Collins lives a small boy by the name of Jackson Maybon. If I had been the mayor of Fort Collins I would done a proclamation the June 18th, 2011 was Jackson’s Day
On June 16th 2011, wrote a story on Jackson and a fund raiser on his behalf at the Max Muscle in Fort Collins. Jackson is a seven year old boy in need of a Stem Cell Therapy. The day after Jackson’s birthday it was a day just for Jackson. And for Doug, Jackson’s father. it had to be a great “pre-father’s day” to not forget.
Let’s tell Jackson’s story again:
“My birthday is January 17th, 2004. After 9 months of a normal healthy pregnancy, I was born via emergency c-section at 4:45 PM at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. I had many complications at birth. In medical terms; sepsis syndrome, pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure. I was immediately put on a ventilator and had lots of different tubes connected to me. I was so scared and my parents weren’t able to hold me for the first 4 days of my life! Days later I developed problems with hypoglycemia and reflux.
A person doesn’t need a background in medicine to understand what a terrifying experience this was for my family, especially being the first born. Unfortunately the problems only continued to worsen. At 5 weeks I still wasn’t eating so I needed to have a feeding tube placed in my stomach. At 5 months old, mom, dad and Aunt Nin flew me all the way to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. I saw a specialist who diagnosed me with hyperinsulinism and dumping syndrome. After 15 months of continued problems, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. For my family, the diagnosis was devastating because CP cannot be cured, but it was a relief to finally know what we were dealing with.
Fast forward seven years and I am now a happy and determined 7 year old boy who is facing many challenges and uncertainties. I recently started First Grade and I can’t get enough of it! I love going to school, playing in PE and meeting new friends. I need a walker to help me with short distances and a wheel chair the rest of the time. Because it is difficult to speak, I have a computer to help me with my speech. This helps other people to understand me better. I have physical limitations, and because of these I need many therapies including; physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and massage therapy. My parents want me to experience a ‘normal’ childhood, but they are also dedicated to doing everything they can to help me with the debilitating complications of Cerebral Palsy. Weekly therapies are a necessity to my quality of life, they are not a choice. The doctors at Children’s Hospital are recommending a series of overwhelmingly scary and serious surgeries. My parents are fighting hard to find a way to help me avoid having to go through traumatic and painful procedures.
THIS IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP! After visiting the hospital in Germany last March, my parents are convinced that a second treatment of stem cell therapy will help me tremendously. Stem Cell Therapy costs approximately $10,000. Thank you for you support.”
This a case where Sports Nutrition helped this little man Jackson. No not a cure all but showing that people involved in the sports nutrition business have not only big “muscles” but bigger “hearts”.
Ron Worley owner of Max Muscle Fort Collins gave Jackson this great after birthday, day and Doug a great pre-father’s day gift.