Peyton loves giving back to the less fortunate. When asked who he would give a gift to, Peyton said “Christmas gifts to those who can’t afford to have a Christmas.”
When Peyton was 2, he was extremely thirsty, continually vomiting, using the restroom and losing a significant amount of weight. His eyes also had a yellowish cast. After visiting his pediatrician, it was thought that he had the flu. Peyton’s symptoms remained, and he wasn’t getting any better. His mom had a feeling that something was very wrong, and took him back to the doctor every day for a week. Peyton’s condition worsened and the unthinkable happened.
On Easter Eve, Peyton vomited, passed out and was rushed to the emergency room. He stopped breathing, didn’t have a pulse and flatlined. Peyton was revived and transported by helicopter to a hospital that was 5 hours away. Testing revealed that he had an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow glucose to enter cells to produce energy. Peyton received lots of fluids and was slowly administered insulin to lower his blood sugar levels to prevent brain and organ damage. He remained in the hospital for a week, and has been hospitalized 5 times since his diagnosis. Peyton now has a service dog who has been successful in preventing additional hospitalizations. He also utilizes an insulin pump, CGM monitor and self-injections as necessary.
Peyton is loving, kind and compassionate… he is particularly nurturing and protective of children who have special needs. He enjoys baseball, fishing and listening to music – especially by his favorite country singer Luke Bryan. Peyton also loves giving back to the less fortunate. When asked who he would give a gift to, Peyton said “Christmas gifts to those who can’t afford to have a Christmas.”
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