Ava and Austin PKU story,
On June 15, 2014, it was Father’s Day and I couldn’t think of a better gift than that of my newborn daughter. As I held her for the first time in my arms I knew there was nothing I wouldn’t do for her. On June 17, 2014, came a very difficult day for our family. During a time when we should be celebrating our daughter returning to our home we were hit with devastating news that she had Phenylketonuria, which was an inborn error of metabolism. PKU meant that my daughter would need to be on a special diet for the rest of her life due to her inability to process protein effectively. Left untreated, PKU can cause intellectual disability, seizures, behavioral problems and mental disorders. We spent much of the first several weeks of my daughter’s diagnosis at Children’s Hospital. The staff there proceeded to teach us what it meant to be PKU parents, supported us through this difficult time, and introduced us to the team of people who would be there for our family all along the way. Todd Helton from the Rockies even came to say hello to Ava as we were visiting her doctors.
My family was blessed with our son, Austin, on April 8, 2016. We crossed our fingers that he would not have PKU like his sister, but in fact he was diagnosed with PKU as well. My family was upset at the news, but by then we were PKU experts and knew we could meet the challenge with the support of Children’s Hospital. My son and daughter are very close and PKU will give them a bond that will never be broken. Children’s Hospital, specifically their Metabolic Unit have allowed us to give our children a wonderful life so far. PKU will be something that will make my children stronger and our family tighter. There is no way we could have gotten through this without the staff and support from Children’s Hospital.
Please think about sponsoring me as I ride the Courage Classic on July 20, 2019, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospital.