Here at KSU Miracle we place a huge emphasis on being a family. As a family it is important that you know why we do what we do. Our 'why' is our everything. It's what keeps each member of this organization going when the road gets long and our goals seem so far out of reach. These kids are our biggest 'why's.
MEET THE BUTLER FAMILY
LUCIE | AGE 13
Lucie Butler was born with trouble breathing and then had to have surgery on her diaphragm.
MEET THE COFIELD FAMILY
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MEET THE CALVERT FAMILY
Alivia | AGE 9
Alivia Calvert was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma and is currently undergoing treatment at CHOA. Alivia went for her annual doctor visit, and pediatrician sent her to Scottish Rite, Alivia was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma and was transferred to CHOA where she is currently undergoing treatment. Alicia has four siblings : Brandon - 35, Alysa - 17, Alexandria - 9, Alaina - 4. Alivia still enjoys her passion of horseback riding through out her treatment period. She completed her first horse show in June 2017- she placed with three ribbons and a championship.
MEET THE GRELECKI FAMILY
parker | AGE 9
Parker Grelecki was born with Hydrocephaly. At 20 weeks in the pregnancy, Parker's parents received the news that there was a blockage between the third and fourth ventricles of Parker's brain that was preventing the spinal fluid from draining. At birth Parker had over 98% fluid and less than 2% brain matter. At two days old, a shunt was placed in Parker's brain allowing the fluid to drain and releasing the pressure on the brain. Parker began therapy at four weeks old and continues with occupational and physical therapy. However, Parker has exceeded the expectations of the doctors. He excels in school, and has the most outgoing and engaging personality. Parker has two siblings : Emily and Chase
MEET THE GRIFFIN FAMILY
Jakob | AGE 11
Jakob Griffin was born with Hydroplastic Left Heart Syndrome/CHD.
MEET THE HENDERSON FAMILY
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MEET THE HOPKINS FAMILY
Abe Hopkins spent lots of time at CHOA in search of finding an answer. Sadly, Abe passed away in 2014.
Mary Elizabeth Hopkins was born with Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy. She sadly passed in 2014.
Michala | AGE --
Michala Hopkins was born with Acardi Syndrome and also BEAT Angio Sarcoma Cancer. Michala has three siblings : Abe, Mary Elizabeth, and Marlee Anne - . The Hopkins go to Disney at least once a year.
MEET THE JAMES FAMILY
Ricky James sadly lost his battle with Rhadomyo Sarcoma at age 4. Ricky has one sister: Erin - 9.
MEET THE KOLLAS FAMILY
Joshua | AGE --
Joshua Kollas was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome.
MEET THE LAWSON FAMILY
Christian | AGE 17
Christopher Lawson was diagnosed with Chron's Disease at age 8. He has a brother: Matthew - 15. Christian is a senior at Atlanta Adventist Academy. He loves helping people and received The Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016! Christian will be graduating in May and pursuing higher education.
MEET THE MILLER FAMILY
Patrick | AGE 24
Patrick Miller was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephaly. He works at Chick Fil la and volunteers at the local elementary school. He also attends a day program for adults with special needs in our town. He is super nice, and everyone loves Pat. He loves to dance despite using a wheelchair. He loves Christin music (the FISH 104.7)
Brandon | AGE 18
Brandon Miller was diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Due to being shook at the age of 6 months Brandon is severely developmentally delayed and has cerebral palsy. He fights a seizure disorder. Although he only functions at a 3-6-month-old level, he is the sweetest soul. He loves his blanket and going for strolls in his chair.
Aiden | AGE 14
Aiden Miller was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrochephaly. He uses a wheelchair because he has Spina Bifida and two shunts due to Hydrocephalus. Recently, he had his spine fused because of Scoliosis. He plays trumpet in the band. He loves social media and video games. He too loves Christian rock and going to camp. He is super kind and never complains!
Kellan | AGE 8
Kellen Miller was born addicted to methamphetamines and was adopted by the Millers at 22 months old. He was labeled failure to thrive, but, boy, were they wrong! Kellan has a huge spirit and is such a fighter. Currently he is the 2nd grade and reading at a third-grade level! He loves Harry Potter. He loves being outside playing. He has a huge imagination and fierce love of his family.
Emmy | AGE 22
Emmy Miller was born with Cerebral Palsy. She uses a powerchair because of spastic quad cerebral palsy. She attends the day program in town 5 days a week. She is a girly girl and loves anything sparkly. She also loves making cards for people and watching baby animal videos on Youtube. She goes to camp over the summer and loves it!
Evan | AGE 15
Evan Miller was born with both blindness and autism. He loves music and any toy that makes a noise. He understands so much and is really coming out of his shell a bit. He always wears headphones even though they do not play music.
Rowan | AGE 9
Rowan Miller was born with Cerebral Palsy. He has cerebral palsy and is nonverbal however don’t let that fool you. He is the life of the party. He LOVES to dance. Dance marathon is one of his favorite days of the year! He loves riding his bike and playing video games. He uses a talking device to communicate as well as some signing.
The Miller family also has five biological children: Sydney - 23, Ryann - 21, Mackenzie - 18, Kieran - 16, and Teagan - 14.
They also had one child placed with them for a brief period. Although the adoption was not completed he is considered their very special angel in Heaven. His name is Gavin.
MEET THE OLIVIERI FAMILY
MEET THE PEREZ FAMILY
lars | AGE 3
Lars Olivieri was born with Hyrdocephaly. At five days old, he was moved to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he had his first surgery. It was nearly 4 months before Lars could go home from the hospital. At 6 months old, he had a heart attack. Lars is now three years old and has undergone 12 surgeries. He has some developmental challenges, due in part to cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects muscle movement. Fortunately, he loves going to therapy at Children’s Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation and using the machines, especially the bike.
christopher | AGE 2
Christopher Perez had eleven viruses and two seizures. Christopher began at CHOA at just a week old. He was there for 3 weeks and then in his first year of life he spent over 5 weeks in and out of the hospital, failed 3 sleep studies for central apnea, as well as had 11 viruses and 2 seizures. This year Christopher has been so healthy. He is finally speaking more, and has become a happy normal healthy toddler.
MEET THE SIMPSON FAMILY
name | AGE 8
MEET THE SPRADLIN FAMILY
charli jane | AGE 7
Charli Jane Spradlin was born was DiGeorge Syndrome. When Charli was born her feet were blue and that began the Spradlin's 22q journey. She was diagnosed with multiple heart defects and also a genetic disorder. She was taken straight to Egleston via the critical care transport team helicopter. Charli had the first of two open heart surgeries at five days old. In the years to follow she has had 9 surgeries and countless tests, ER visits, hospital stays, sleep studies, therapy appointments, and is followed by over 10 specialists. During her first two years she was in the hospital more than she was at home.
MEET THE SLADE FAMILY
isabelle | AGE 5
Isabelle Slade, along with her sisters, was born premature. Isabelle was born with hydrocephaly and developed hemiplegia. She was also diagnosed with a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity.
gracie | AGE 5
Gracie Slade, along with her sisters, was born premature. She developed a sinus infection at one week old.
emma | AGE 5
Emma Slade, along with her sisters, was born premature, but has not had any further complications..
MEET THE THOMAS FAMILY
tyler | AGE --
Tyler Thomas was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease.
MEET THE WELDY FAMILY
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MEET THE WRIGHT FAMILY
Ward | AGE --
Ward Wright was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.