“Ashtyn has had a long struggle in life and has always been loving, giving, and never selfish.”
Ashtyn was born into the world with exceptional difficulties, but she has never let these challenges define her or stop her from becoming the strong 10 year old that she is. She was born seven weeks early and with a rare chromosome deletion called 9p23-Alfis, a condition that the doctors are still learning about. Because of the chromosome deletion, she has battled with a cleft palate, spina bifida, scoliosis, and sleep apnea.
Through the help of therapy, her pediatrician, and her family, she has been able to prove to the world how strong she truly is. “She didn’t crawl, walk, talk or anything on time,” wrote her mother after Ashtyn received Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month award. “But between myself, the therapist, and my other daughter, she did indeed walk, talk and over time has become independent in more than half of what was expected in daily routine.”
Ashtyn has had a number of surgeries including cleft palate revision and pharyngoplasty and she continues to receive sleep studies and therapy for obstructive sleep apnea as well as weekly blood work. Even through all of these challenges, she maintains her strength and spreads joy to all around her.
“Even when she is at her lowest, sick, hurting, and looks like she can’t go another minute, she smiles and says it’s all going to be ok… Ashtyn is bright, humble and she helps others in ways she doesn’t even know,” stated Ashton’s mom who is very proud of all that Ashtyn continues to conquer.
It is with great pride that we honor Ashtyn’s strength by recognizing her as Kids Wish Network’s along with Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System’s Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Ashtyn!
Hospitals and pediatric care facilities throughout the country participate in the Hero of the Month program by each month nominating children under their care who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances with courage and bravery. Those recognized by Kids Wish Network as a Hero of the Month are presented with a Hero package that includes a gift card and other special gifts. Participating facilities tout this program for its ability to positively impact the lives of children. For more information on becoming part of the Hero of the Month program, contact us.