Hayden has had the opportunity to participate in the skiing trip and the outdoors trip at National Ability Center (NAC). The winter and summer trips were fantastic opportunities as neither of these are anything we can do in Austin or in Texas nearby. It takes a team that understands how to work with his physical limitations and adaptive sports equipment that is capable of working with his limitations. He was able to participate in every sport through the equipment and people that were trained on how to work with him.
Hayden had a tragic event where he was injured by another student that broke his collarbone making him temporarily paralyzed. He has not yet fully healed. This was just the motivation he needed in his road to recovery from the past six months.
Hayden has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida/Myelomeningocele: Spina Bifida (SB) is the most common seriously disabling birth defect in the U.S. An estimated 5 children are born with SB every day in the U.S. SB occurs during the fourth week of pregnancy before many mothers know they are pregnant. In cases of SB the spinal column fails to close properly which exposes the spinal cord to amniotic fluid. This exposure leads to damaged nerves. SB can occur anywhere along the spine - from the neck to the tail bone. The higher the defect occurs on the spine, the more severe the damage. Hayden's level is L5-S1 which is considered severe.
Hayden loves to be social and loves being around people. He has a big sister, Hannah, and a little brother, Garrett. He has a lot of friends and Hayden loves the ladies too.