Meet Will


What do you say to your eight-year-old child who has lost the ability to walk or stand? How do you create hope for him, and for your family, when there are few answers to help you formulate a realistic plan for his future?

When Will first came to Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center four years ago, his parents Bill and Blake were looking for just that—a plan. Not a magic wand or even a cure. Just a realistic plan to help their son, Will, live a happy, confident, loving and secure life.

Will had been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at just two and half years old, a devastating diagnosis that came with more questions than answers.When the family was referred to Hope Haven and physical therapist, Kris, they knew immediately that it was the perfect fit for their son. “When you have a child with special needs, there’s no guidebook” said Blake. “I don’t know what I would have done without Kris; she’s been such a blessing to Will because of her passion, empathy and skill. She not only helps Will, she helps the entire family, too.”