Hayden is a very busy, outdoorsy kind of guy. He was born with a rare chromosome disorder resulting in two micro-deletions. This causes global physical and cognitive delays and difficulties. He is nonverbal and has physical limitations. In a big milestone, he recently started walking, but is quickly fatigued and can fall if the terrain is not perfectly smooth.

Here’s what his mom shared with us about Hayden’s life:

“Hayden is energetic and loves being outside! He’d live outside if it was up to him! 🙂 He is missing out on on the benefit of so many walks and trail hikes due to always being in his wheelchair or special needs stroller. It’s hard to maneuver wheeled items in the woods! Hayden would like be able to walk alongside us when possible, then hitch a ride on Dad’s back when he gets tired or the terrain gets too rough for him. Hayden would also have a completely different perspective on the world with the Freeloader! He would be able to make eye contact with more people and have more social interactions because of the height he’d be at! The freedom to enjoy the outdoors with his family as an 8-year-old boy would be a gift beyond words. Not only would Hayden be able to enjoy hikes, we would be able to go on longer walks in the city too! Downtown KC is really coming alive with things to do with family and we would be able to enjoy these events even more with the Freeloader. Finally, let’s be honest, wheelchairs & specialty strollers are HEAVY-loading, unloading, and just maneuvering around can exhaust the caregiver. The Freeloader only weighs a few pounds and can be worn even if Hayden isn’t riding. It’s convenience and the opportunity for freedom and new adventures are why we would love the support of Variety KC! Thanks for considering our request!

Variety KC partners know how important mobility is! Hayden is getting his Freeloader and we look forward to see him out and about, all over town. Every child deserves to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong – please help Variety KC make that happen, donate today at VarietyKC.org/donate/