Kellan wakes up every day with a smile on his face. He is a wellspring of happiness, a boy who draws people to him with his bubbly personality and joyful outlook. He thrives in social settings, especially around other kids at school.
Kellan was born a full-term, 9-pound 4-ounce healthy baby boy after a perfectly normal pregnancy. He was eating great and growing fast. At first, everything seemed fine. While at his four-month check-up, the family’s pediatrician became concerned that Kellan’s head was measuring small and he wasn’t meeting some of his milestones. He wasn’t holding his head up or reaching for things. Since Kellan was the first baby in his family, his parents didn’t realize anything was out of the ordinary.
The pediatrician ordered an MRI, after which they discovered that Kellan’s corpus collosum, the center part of his brain, his cerebellum, and his optical nerve were all underdeveloped. Kellan has a difficult future ahead of him, including developmental delays, coordination issues, and possibly blindness. He has also been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which causes him to be non-verbal and use a wheelchair. But it’s a good thing Kellan doesn’t know the meaning of the word “can’t.”
“It has been a long road,” said Kellan’s mom Alicen, “but Kellan can see better than the doctors ever thought possible.” He takes steps in his gait trainer and loves to sit with his peers in class. He is learning how to use his communication device and excels in school. He is surpassing all expectations.
When he is not in school with his friends, Kellan is at home picking on his two little sisters. He gets a kick out of pulling their hair or dresses. Kellan’s favorite things to do include horse therapy, riding his horse Jewels, and water therapy. He loves being around other kids, wrestling with his dad, watching the Packers with his mom, and getting gator rides on the farm.
In his short life, Kellan has already had a major impact on not just his family but his entire community. Last year, the family started Kellan’s Kingdom, an organization that raised over $100,000 in less than 6 months for an all-inclusive playground in their hometown of Carroll, where Kellan and others like him will be able to use the equipment and play with their siblings and friends, not just sit on the sidelines and watch. Their next goal is to start a Miracle League in Carroll.
“To say we were shocked when we learned about Kellan’s diagnosis is an understatement,” said Alicen. “Everything we thought our baby boy would do, our entire lives, changed in an instant. But our lives have been so much better in so many ways. Kellan is such a blessing and we thank God for him every day.”