Henry's Story

This is Henry -- our 2021 VBS Kid and a little boy who's had a lot of complications in his life but who continues to be joyful despite the challenges he faces.

We'd love you to meet Henry. Look below to hear a little about his life from his mom, Katie.

From the very beginning of his life, Henry has been a fighter.

After he was born, Henry spent many weeks in the NICU where doctors worked hard to gain control of his frequent seizures and help him grow strong enough to go home. They told Henry's mom, Katie, that Henry had spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy which meant Henry would face difficult challenges with breathing, eating, growth, and development his entire life. 

Because of this, Henry lives in a specially equipped wheel chair that helps him sit and get around. He also has to take several medications to help with seizures, breathing, growth, and more. Soon, he'll need to have special surgery to correct a severe curvature in his spine too.

Despite everything, though, Katie says that Henry remains joyful. At FaithWestwood, he participates in Children's Ministry events like Sunday School, Christmas pageants, this year's Journey to the Cross Easter drive-through event, and more. He is a much-loved member of the church family, and everyone looks forward to his smile and greeting him, his mom, and his brother too.

And soon, Henry will be getting an Eye Gaze -- special technology that will allow him to use his eyes and a computer to communicate with his family and others. It's something his mom is really excited about. He's also been approved for a new wheel chair -- and Henry gets to pick out the colors and patterns himself. 

A Silent Auction for Henry

At this year's Rocky Railway VBS, the kids participating -- and some of our FaithGroups too -- will decorate several artificial evergreen trees throughout the week. At Family Night on Thursday, June 17, and on One Stop Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 20, you can bid in person on these decorated trees in our silent auction. If you'd rather not bid on a tree but would like to donate, we've set up a special fund for Henry too. Just go to faithwestwood.com/about-us/give for ways to donate, including online, by text, or by mail. (For online and text giving, the giving code for this fund is HENRY.) Proceeds will go to support Henry and his family.