Meet Kasen Andrushko, our 2012/2013 Champion Child
Life-long and life-threatening are two phrases a parent never wants to hear about their child. Diagnosed with a metabolic genetic disorder called Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD) type 1a at nine months old, Kasen and his family have learned to overcome these phrases and celebrate life to the fullest – one day at a time.
“Kasen is just a regular kid with a few extra needs,” says Brian, Kasen’s dad. Under the specialized care of the Children’s Hospital – HSC Winnipeg Kasen follows a strict regime of frequent meals, regular doses of uncooked cornstarch, frequent tube feeds and continuous overnight tube feeds of glucose. This daily protocol sustains Kasen’s blood glucose levels giving him the energy and resource he needs to be a kid – a very active kid. Kasen’s treatment will continue until a cure is found; something his family hopes for every day.
Kasen plays competitive hockey and soccer, has won numerous championships for racing motocross, and loves to golf, bowl, ride his bike and have fun with his friends. “Nothing slows him down,” says Dayna, Kasen’s mom.
As the newly named Champion Child (presented by Walmart), Kasen will become an advocate for child health in the coming year to help raise funds for kids like him, and the ones that are still too sick to leave the hospital.
Champions is a Children’s Miracle Network program presented by Walmart that honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. For their courage and perseverance, these children have been selected as international ambassadors for the 17 million kids treated each year at children’s hospitals supported by Children’s Miracle Network.