In honor of our Late Teammate, Bil...
April !2, !981 - February 1, 2016
"It means the world to me to be a small part of the movement"
A LOOK INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS TOUCHED BY BIO
Motivational Stories : TOUCHED BY BELIEVE IN ONE
TOLD HE WOULD NEVER PLAY FOOTBALL AGAIN, Boy Overcomes ADVERSITY
Words from David's mother, Kathy:
"It was a beautiful spring day on the soccer field back in 2007 when suddenly my five year old son, David, went down on the field complaining that his leg hurt. At the time, I as his mother was privileged enough to be coaching the team and I told “Little D” to have a seat on the bench. I brushed David’s complaints off to growing pains as did the pediatrician, but as time went on and David continued to be in pain, I knew it was more. Over the course of a year, we consulted with several doctors and specialists and finally David was diagnosed with having Legg-Calve-Perthes in 2008 by Kluge’s Children’s Hospital at UVA.
David underwent his first surgery at seven years old where five holes were drilled into his ball joint to generate blood flow because the bone was deteriorating. David has always had big athletic dreams with the hopes of playing football, however his medical condition prohibits him from playing this particular sport due to the excessive running and extreme contact. David remained positive and was (finally) medically cleared at eight years old to participate and play baseball. David faces barriers on a daily basis of constant pain, limited mobility, the use of crutches, a wheelchair or a walker and the list goes on.
A recent surgery in 2014 alleviated some of David’s pain by cutting his femur bone while rotating his leg and hip and will need to undergo a third surgery in the fall of 2015 to remove the plates and screws. While we do not know what David’s future will hold for the progression of this disease, what I do know is this kid is a fighter….a warrior. He has faced obstacles and challenges that no child should ever endure. He has remained positive and hopeful when things were bleak. He has encouraged me when I should’ve been encouraging him. Not only is he my son, but he is my role model, my inspiration, my every breath of life!
He has shown me what it takes to be courageous and strong and no matter what, this kid will have a bright future because he has the drive and motivation to beat the odds and make anything happen! I know this to be true because David is surrounded by a group of compassionate, loving individuals that have supported him thru this difficult journey. One of these influential people happens to be Daniel Megeath, founder and CEO of Believe in One (BiO). Daniel has been one of David’s biggest supporters by providing him with words of encouragement, uplifting messages, urging him to never give up and above all, providing David with a valuable and lifelong friend. BiO has been a positive outlet for David and has given him the confidence and willpower to make the best of his life and what he has been given.
As I close I am reminded of David’s words of encouragement, “Mom, don’t think of the worst….think of the best and remember I have it better than others and you should be glad for what I can do and for what I have.”