This past summer, I had the pleasure of photographing this dear family…and through the course of business, I learned a little bit more about their son, Keller.
On his GoFundMe page, his mother, Kathy writes, “At 7 months of age our precious son battled meningitis, to which he was left with bilateral hearing loss. In addition, he was left in a newborn state, having to relearn how to lift his head, sit up, crawl, walk, and function without his hearing. Fortunately, he was a candidate for Cochlear Implants at just 9 months of age. Keller, who was a normal hearing child prior to meningitis, could once again hear. While it appears certain that the meningitis caused Kellers hearing loss, it is highly speculative as to the cause of the other issues needing intervention. The other issues involve Kellers motor skill development, non-verbal abilities, and social skills development.
A diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a subset of Autism, was established by Developmental Pediatrics. This seems to be an accurate diagnosis since Keller was making no attempts at eye contact, would not participate in group activities, and continued to be non-verbal despite 18 months of intense speech therapy.Keller is now an amazing 4 year old boy being treated for Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Language Delays. Keller also has overcome bilateral hearing loss and his adjustment to Cochlear Implants. He receives Applied Behavior Analysis therapy and is currently thriving with many successes in language and behavior.
He has been in Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for 2 years, along with 3 intense years of speech therapy and is demonstrating amazing results. He is on his way to being a success story and providing hope for us and for the many children confronted with this situation. Keller is making huge strides in language and is now speaking over thousands of words. He also participates in group activities with other children, preschool classes, and gymnastics and camp with typical peers. He continues to amaze me with his progress and willingness to overcome his disabilities every single day.”
Today, Kathy and Keller are fighting for grants and coverage for replacements as his cochlear implants are in constant need of repair due to age and normal wear and tear. Replacements cost over $10,000, and with insurance not covering that cost, the entire cost is placed squarely on the family.
The GoFundMe page is a great place to donate to the cost, but we have also come up with a mini session fundraiser where all the profit will go towards Keller cochlear implant upgrades.
The mini sessions will take place in Myrtle Beach, the exact location will be emailed to you once the session fee is paid for.
There are six available time slots for each day, each is booked on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please feel free to Contact Me for more information, or visit the FAQ page.