Kassie Marshall noticed one day in August 2014 that her son Aiden, then 6, was walking with a limp.
The Midland mom’s first thought was that he had played too hard and the limp would soon be gone.
But it didn’t go away, and Aiden, his mom, his dad, Aaron, and his sister, Rylee, 8, and brother, Ivan, 3, embarked on a journey that would lead to many appointments with doctors and therapists and eventually take them to a one-of-a-kind facility in south Florida.
On a recent sunny Saturday, the Marshalls shared their story at their home. Rylee is the self-described “little mother” who helps watch over her younger brothers and wanted to make sure she added important details to the story. Energetic Ivan was keen to show off his toy dinosaurs, and when asked how old he is, he proudly showed three fingers on each hand.
Aiden was more subdued, not too comfortable talking about himself and what he has been through. But his eyes lit up when he asked permission to show off the moves he has mastered through months of using a wheelchair. He raced around the house in the chair, did some spins and even popped a few wheelies.
For the first few months after the initial doctor’s visit, Aiden’s condition remained a mystery. Numerous tests were done but came back normal.
That changed one day when the Marshalls picked up Aiden from St. Brigid Catholic School.
“Our school secretary actually stopped us on the way to a doctor’s appointment,” Kassie said.