Kaylyn received a liver transplant when she was just 7 months old. Her parents had been told she had just 24 hours to live when they received news that she was getting a life-saving gift of a new liver. Kaylyn is now 8 years old and thriving.
“I would love to design and program video games, maybe for Nintendo or Valve or even my own company someday — and also compose the music for them. I’d love to live in Japan someday, so to work for Nintendo there would be awesome.
Chloe was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2006, when she was just 3 1/2 years old. Her mom, Jaclyn, said she had seemed to catch a cold and was very tired and pale. A routine trip to the doctor just to double-check turned up some disturbing test results.
The first thing you’ll notice when you seen Lizzie Brown is her smile. It’s big enough to light up any room — and she flashes it often. Born with cerebral palsy that primarily affects her left side, Lizzie doesn’t let her disability keep her from participating in regular activities.
“She’s been a fighter since the day she was born,” said Linda Butler, our cover girl’s grandmother. Eight-year-old Kaylyn Butler was sporting boxing gloves for her photo shoot — but that wasn’t what Linda was referencing.
Sad to say, but the cobbler’s children definitely have no shoes at my house — I’m a photographer and have few pictures of my own children. Looking back over those I do have, I found these from an impromptu “photo shoot” on a beautiful fall day.
No doubt about it — there are many amazing kids in Stark County! We could select only eight of them to feature in this issue — a tough task, to be sure. Each of these kids is amazing in his or her own way — and all have inspirational stories to tell.