Meet PJ-Fox. From the very beginning of his life, as far back as being born a premature baby, he’s been lighting hearts on fire with his infectious smile and contagious laugh. If you look up his full name in the dictionary, the word CUTIE PATOOTIE is listed as a synonym.
Around 9 months old, he was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. This condition is an inherited, lifelong disease. There aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. Although there is no cure at this time for most people, treatments can relieve pain and help prevent further problems.
At 1 year, he was diagnosed with severe food allergies, followed by eosinophilic esophagitis. He eventually learned to walk at 2-years-old with the help of weekly occupational therapy and orthotics. Physical therapy, speech therapy and feeding therapy assists with his development delays. PJ wears prescription glasses to help with his severe near-sightedness. On top of all those challenges, he also has asthma and cerebral palsy.
PJ, who just celebrated his 4th birthday, remains active through swimming, therapeutic horseback riding, and playing with his Legos. He is smart, charming, and kind. He enjoys reading Thomas the Train books and watching Disney movies. Last, but certainly not least, firetrucks make him happy…to put it lightly.
A special thank you to Angie Underwood of http://angieunderwood.com for donating her time and talent to PJ-Fox and his family.