Although he's only 5 years old, Jaxson Ayers has had quite the harrowing medical journey—and to us, he's a real superhero.
Our Community Now sat down with Mike and Kristin Ayers to talk about their second-to-youngest son, Jaxon, and his journey living with multiple congenital conditions.
At just 5 years old, Jaxon has already had two heart surgeries, multiple MRIs, and other medical procedures done—more than most adults undergo in their lifetimes. But, he's not letting any of that slow him down in the slightest!
"I don't think it's really affected him—as far as, like, his heart condition—he's very outgoing ... and doesn't skip a beat with his peers," says Kristin. "When he grows up, he—of course—says he wants to be a superhero or ... a police officer or a fireman."
The Ayers family has continued to push forward and live life to the fullest, doing what they can to bring awareness to others. One way this is accomplished is through The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF).
Every year, the CHF hosts a walk in Denver, Colorado, (and in cities across the country) to raise funds to advance "the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects (CHDs)." The family has participated in the walk every year for the last five years (with the exception of the virtual 2020 event), and they've done so with support from friends and co-workers.
"We have a great support system," Mike says. "My company, PIN Business Network, has been one of our biggest support systems ... and the family here surrounded us with their support."
Learn more about Jaxson's Journey, how you can make an impact, and more by watching the video below: