Happy Birthday Payton

Payton is my nephew, and he's five years old today, which is about three years older than most doctors gave him a chance of ever becoming. Payton has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic nerve disease which leaves him unable to move his body, except for slight movements from two of his fingers on each hand. He's able to communicate with his eyes and he can talk some, but that's about it.

His intelligence is not affected--he's a smart little kid and a pleasure to be around. You can read his story here, and if you have a couple of bucks to spare, you could toss them toward his charity. The Payton's Pals annual benefit will be in just over three weeks, and if you're in south Florida, we'd love to see you. Ticket information is available at the Payton's Pals website.

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