Cole is 17. This past July, he had a massive stoke. Yes, he was only 16.
He spent several months in the Wisconsin Children's Hospital - part of which was therapy time for him.
Now he is home, but therapy is still a full time job for him and his parents.
The latest on Cole can be read here, but the short story is, well, long. One eye at a time can be taped open. He has walked up to 63 feet with help from his dad, his nurse, and a walker. He just tried a few stairs...
Cole and his dad called us a few Sundays ago when we were at the Packers vs Cardinals football game. It was the game the Packers won. Cole left a long message for E. It was total excitement for us to hear his voice!! He said he has to read his sentences, so that means his reading comprehension is working.
Let me add one more piece to this child's life - Cole's best friend is Zach Reetz. Zach had a bout with meningitis and has gone though many struggles and experiences. Zach lost both his legs and part of his right hand to tissue failure. Please read about him. 16 year old kids shouldn't have these pathways to walk... especially when their tools to walk are denied to them.
Neither Zach nor Cole want sympathy. Neither want anyone to feel sorry for them. Both want challenges and people who believe in them. Please believe...
I worried about including Cole's photos here, but I decided to risk it. He's such a swell friend!