Diagnosis: Guillain Barre Syndrome
Hometown: West Linn, OR
Favorite Athlete: Myers Leonard
Nike Shoe: Air Jordan Retro 8 ($180.00 adult, $125.00 youth)
Nike Apparel: Jordan CL Doernbecher Tee ($40.00), Jordan Doernbecher Cap ($35.00)
Nike Footwear Designer: Chad Little
Nike Footwear Developer: Paul Lattin
Nike Apparel Designer: Precious Hannah
Nike Apparel Developer: Doug Barclay
Caden Lampert started feeling sick at a basketball practice in December 2013. That was on a Wednesday. On Thursday he came home from school nauseous and unable to hold anything down. They thought it was the flu … but by Friday he could barely walk or open his eyes. Keeping him hydrated was impossible and he was getting worse. By Saturday his body was shutting down, and it took a doctor's quick thinking to save his life. In the Doernbecher Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Caden was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a life-threatening autoimmune disease where the body's immune system begins to attack the body itself.
Caden stayed in the hospital for two months, regaining his strength and relearning how to walk, feed himself, write, bathe and just about everything else. If that wasn't stressful enough, his parents were already making weekly trips to Doernbecher for their middle son Ryland's second round of chemo.
Today Caden is recovering like a champ and he barely even remembers his weeks in the hospital. But the family is faced with a constant dilemma: rest is key to his full recovery, and rest is the last thing he wants to do. He likes to rumble and play all day long. As he races up and down the stairs in his leg braces, shooting rubber bands with utter precision, his mom reminds him to take it easy and slow down. She does her best to divert his constant quest for action and speed with things that won't drain his energy … like taking a welding class and learning to play guitar.
Outgoing and interested in everything around him, he dreams of becoming a dirt bike champion. Or an engineer. Or even a rock star. Heck, maybe all three.
He is one of those kids everyone wants to be around. Just ask any of his six best buddies. Or his teachers. Or his coaches. Or his doctors. Or his parents. Or his brothers.
You get the idea.
Hanging in his room listening to tunes, or racing cars on his Wii where speed is allowed, he is a natural born fun-maker. He can wiggle his ears. He is a self- taught magician. He wants to build a dredge to find gold, but the fact is, he finds gold everywhere he goes.