Welcome to Porter Strong
Thank you for visiting Porter's Phoenix Children’s Hospital 5K fundraising page! We hope you will join him and many others from the community as a participant in this inspirational fun run in support of the patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital. We truly appreciate you helping him reach his goal! Many of the vital programs and services offered at Phoenix Children's are funded solely through donations by individuals and organizations. It's only through community support that the Hospital has achieved so much.
It's been 15 months since Porter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We had no idea the journey we would face when on May 10, 2019 he endured a complicated 11 hour surgery to remove the tumor which ended up being wrapped around his brain stem. Because of the initial trauma of the surgery, and many subsequent complications and set backs, Porter was in an acute (coma-like) state for about 5 months following his initial surgery. He started in Outpatient Rehab in July of 2018 and has worked daily for over a year. At first he could barely move on his own. He couldn't talk or communicate in any way. He couldn't eat or do anything for himself. But every day, in true Porter style, we knew he was giving 110%. Slowly we began to see progress. He had to learn to swallow again and move his limbs. His only way to communicate with us was through his laughter. We knew he was in there - fighting to get out - so we kept fighting with him. In December, after weeks of trying, he said his first word. Then he rolled over. Then he started to be able to eat a little. Slowly he fought to regain strength. Porter continues to battle every day. His team of therapists at PCH are truly family to us - they have worked relentlessly for Porter. They have cheered the best moments, and cried in the worst moments, and laughed in the funny times, and celebrated every victory no matter how small. We will be forever blessed to have had the PCH team through this journey. Porter is working each day to be able to take a few independent steps for this 5K! We walk and run for Porter and all the other PCH warriors!
Once again, thank you for your support. Together we are making a difference for Porter and all these special kids at PCH!
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