The Kiddie Pool… Help Change Austin’s Life

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About Me

Austin is a sweet 7 year old boy who started having infantile spasms at 5 1/2 months old. A few EEG's, CAT scans, blood tests, sleepless and fearful nights, neurologist appointments and one MRI revealed to us that Austin had had a massive stroke in utero. All of this has led to Austin having developmental delay, cerebral palsy with right hemiparesis (for those that don't know, this makes it difficult for Austin to maintain his balance due to limb weaknesses leading to an inability to properly shift body weight). Performing everyday activities such as dressing, eating, grabbing objects, or using the bathroom is much more difficult for Austin. Because Austin has right-sided hemiparesis it involves injury to the left side of his brain, which is the side of the brain controlling speech and language. Therefore, Austin has difficulty with talking.

We have tried many times to get our insurance to cover the payment of a gait trainer/walker for Austin. They have continuously denied the request all the way up to the point of holding an administrative hearing. Still, we were denied. The reason? They believe that a standard wheelchair that has no ability to be self propelled due to Austin not having the upward mobility to push the thing on his own, serves as the same purpose as a gait trainer/walker.

Our family has decided to take matters into our own hands and hold yard sales, bake sales, fundraisers and whatever else we can do to make sure that he is given the opportunity to be upright and mobile. To know what it's like to navigate himself to his own desired destination, to see eye to eye with his sisters, cousins and school peers.

Kiddie Pool Donations

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Fun Facts

Fun facts about Austin

His favorite color is...any bright color

His favorite hobbies are...Jumping in his trampoline, swinging in his swing, swimming, dancing, and listening to music

His favorite community events are...Challenger Baseball and Horseback riding

Austin MR

My Need

I am unable to get around by myself. In order to do from point A to point B, I have to crawl on the floor or be pushed in my wheelchair. The Meywalk 2000 is perfect for me!

Pool Rules

*Kiddie Pool Donations are like gift certificates. They can only be redeemed for product or credit on account with They cannot be refunded.

*An excess of funds might be in the child’s Kiddie Pool when the goal is reached. If this occurs, no refunds will be given. The funds may be used towards additional merchandise.

*The Kiddie Pool goal is based on the product and accessories current price at the time the Kiddie Pool is established and that price are guaranteed for twelve months. Actual order total is subject to change based on additional accessories chosen, size changes or price changes set by each manufacturer after twelve months. If a price increase has occurred, you have two options:

1. Increase the goal amount
2. Put acquired funds on credit with for later use

*After the goal is met and before your order is placed, will verify sizing with our staff therapists.
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