Colton Maddox

Colton Maddox

HENDERSON — Colton Maddox is a fighter. For all of his 4½ years, he has been a fighter. And his mother, Kelsey, is fighting right along with him.

Kelsey has written about her pregnancy — the genetic testing, multiple doctors and much anxiety. She was told that her baby might not survive.

On March 5, 2017, Colton was born and survived the birth. He was diagnosed with skeletal dysplasia, sometimes called dwarfism, which affected the development of his limbs and ribcage as well as his breathing and circulation.

For 27 days, Colton had “tests after tests,” Kelsey wrote, in addition to transfusions, sticks for bloodwork and a feeding tube.

Since he was discharged from the hospital, he has been back to the hospital 35 times, and has seen 21 doctors. He is on a regular regimen that involves five therapies.

Kelsey described his routine: “An example of a week for Colton would be Monday: Appointments if needed for that week. Tuesday: Two therapies. Wednesday: Two therapies. Thursday: One therapy. Friday: Free day if possible.”

She added, “He still is a child, so he has his times to play, learn, and just be a little boy along with medicine times (four times a day), and then the at-home therapy exercises that have to be done.”

The community has rallied around Kelsey and Coulton. To help with the expenses of his treatment, a fundraiser spaghetti dinner is scheduled to take place this Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kerr Lake Country Club. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. The cost is $9, dine in or take out.

Tickets are available from Meagan Maddox Dickerson, Makayla Bibee, LeAnn Allen, The Hair Loft (Jessica Allen), Masa Ayscue Reaves, Robbie Maddox, Thomas Franklin (Nicci Franklin), Kim Gerald Moody, Julie N. Jeremy Phelps and Donna Allen.

Kerr Lake Country Club is at 600 Hedrick Drive, Henderson.