In 2010, at nine years old, Clayton was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, an autoimmune disease. Clayton’s doctor immediately referred him to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. After four years of treatment, Clayton has recently been able to conclude the last of his medications.
Despite the devastating symptoms and treatment for his condition, Clayton remained uncommonly stoic. His selfless attitude was delightfully clear every night as Clayton began his evening prayer with an appeal to heal the other kids in the hospital.
Clayton recently decided, on his own, to help other patients by contributing his $100 birthday money to TSRHC. Clayton’s remarkable gesture inspired his family and family friends to multiply his donation by hundreds of dollars. He has designated these gifts to be applied toward dermatomyositis research and sending several kids to one of TSRHC’s camps.
According to Clayton’s family, the TSRHC staff did an incredible job both treating his illness and caring for them as a family. The need to help these kids is great. But, with caring people like Clayton and so many others who have supported the TSRHC over the years, many more young lives can be impacted.
Clayton’s attitude and faith have been a profound inspiration to those around him. His family’s hope is that his mission and his inspiration will continue to spread making an even bigger impact in the lives of these young ones and their families.
Thank you Clayton for your inspiring attitude and for giving back to TSRHC!