Brooke T via Crowdrise
March 25, 2011
This journey started out with a little infant needing a liver transplant, and now it is about a little boy enjoying the second chance he was given on that day he was transplanted. With prayers, wonderful doctors, and hope for the future, we will get through difficult days and celebrate the wonderful ones. .
Meet Aiden. He is an incredible and courageous 8 year old. When Aiden was just an infant, he was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, which is a rare liver disease in which about 250 children are diagnosed each year in the US. He then underwent a Kasai procedure, which is an operation to create an open duct so that bile can drain from the liver. In this surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged ducts outside of the liver and replaces them with a piece of the baby's own intesting. The new duct allows bile to pass fromt he liver into the intestine. It only has about a 33% chance of success to last longer than 5 years.
Aiden's story is one of survival, hope, and courage. At the age of 8, he is one of the happiest children you will find. Yet he continues to struggle. He has a condition called dysautonomia and often lands in the hospital. His parents and little brother are very supportive, yet hospital bills do add up.
Your support would be greatly appreciated, whether it be through financial donations or thoughts and prayers.
Aiden also loves to receive 'happy mail', so if you want to draw him a picture or write him a letter, let me know and I can get it to him for you!
You can make a donation to Aiden's fund by mailing checks to this address:
*and don't forget to put Aiden Hawk's name in the memo section
American Liver Foundation
Transplant Trust Fund
1425 Pompton Ave
Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009
for updates on Aiden, you can check his journal: http://www.caringbridge.org/fl/aiden/index.htm
*also, if you do end up sending a check to Aiden's fund, please message me and let me know so that I can tell his family that help is on the way and add you to my list of favorite people ever ;)