A Palm Beach couple became extremely excited to find out they were going to have a baby boy to share their lives with. The pregnancy proceeded without incident and Katie Myers and her husband welcomed little Kaden into the world.
But only months later, things took an extremely challenging turn.
It appears that little Kaden, now at one and a half years of age, did not seem to be developing as quickly as he should. The diagnosis is not good. Spinal muscular atrophy, type 2, which means he will never be able to walk by himself, and he will not grow old.
But it’s Katie’s determination to fight where things begin to change. Little Kaden becomes a fierce fighter as well, as every single day he works at accomplishing things like sitting up and raising his arms. They were told he would only be able to sit up with extreme effort, yet now we was using a wheelchair. They go on with life, visiting museums and aquariums. Then one day Kaden meets someone who deeply moves both him and his mother.
While at an exhibition, Kaden plays as best as he can with colored balls on rails. His mom remains in the background to allow Kaden to figure out the game on his own. An older boy then approaches the game and does something for Kaden that changes everything.
She snaps a photo in secret and then posts it on Facebook with the following message:
“To the little boy at the science museum, I don’t know who you are, but thank you for being amazing. You let my son play and engage with you. You helped him pick up balls from the floor when you saw that he could not. You didn’t ask what was wrong with him or why he couldn’t walk, you just saw him. Kaden is a lot like you, he is very curious and wildly smart. He wants to know how everything works. Thank you for helping him turn the lever when you noticed he was too weak to do it himself. You will probably never see this but just by being you, you make this world better.”
It appeared as if the boy didn’t even notice Kaden’s wheelchair or his difficulties. He treated him like anyone else and this is what impressed the mother so much. She even wrote: “I would love to tell his parents how unbelievable and caring their son is that he treats everyone the same,” says Katie.
While the mother later explained that there is nothing wrong asking about her son’s condition, it was the refreshing joy of the stranger boy’s disinterest in his condition and his engagement with Kaden which centered solely around play. It was clearly an important moment for Kaden who has to fight so hard everyday, and likely does not get to experience these moments of play like other children.
Please share this to help the mother thank the boy personally, while spreading the message of how moments like these are so important for those who have very real struggles to deal with in life.