Donna Lenz Wright/The Week
(Published June 11, 2007, 3:41 p.m.)
Ryan Flitcroft of Delavan was diagnosed with brittle bone disease at birth, leaving his parents, Jeff and Michelle, very little time to prepare.
A hug too big or an accidental trip would send him back to the hospital to be wrapped in plaster for weeks.
"We could only use button-up clothes or clothes with zippers," she said. "This was so we didn't have to bend or push his arms and legs to get into the clothing."
Egg crates replaced baby blankets and their home instantly became life-threatening.
Even picking him up had to be done just right, not to break a bone.
"Changing his diaper had to be done differently," Michelle continues. "We couldn't pick him up by the feet, for the same reason that we could break the bones in his legs. For the first month we had Ryan on a blanket so that when somebody wanted to hold him they would scoop him up under the blanket to be picked up firmly."
Just to be alive, Ryan, now 3, is up against monumental obstacles.
"He's very spunky, a charmer and curious," said his mother, Michelle. "He is determined. If he can't do it the way it should be done, he finds his own way to do it.
Through scores of broken bones and preventative treatment, the Flitcrofts have accumulated major medical debts.
To provide at least a little relief from the mounting bills, the Flitcrofts will be the beneficiaries of a Whitewater family's 2nd Annual Pay It Forward event.
The Dave and Jill Vance family are behind this annual Pay It Forward event, having been the first recipients.
A November 2004 a car accident left Dave and son, Kade, then 6, in life-threatening condition, and daughter Karson, then 10, injured.
Jill was home decorating the house for the holidays while Dave took the kids holiday shopping in Janesville that fateful day.
Jill was left to hold the family together and did with the help of family and friends and a benefit held for the family.
"They literally saved our farm," Jill said. "We would have lost everything."
Since then, the Vance family has organized an annual benefit for a local family in similar circumstances.
This year Ryan Flitcroft's family was chosen. Benefit events include a golf open, raffles, auctions and the opportunity to pay it forward.
Kade's Klassic for Ryan Flitcroft will be held July 1 at Evergreen Golf Course. Registration is 8:30-9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Nine holes, four-person best ball scramble format. Raffle tickets, Mulligans wristbands for your lunch and chances to win a car, sponsored again by Lake Geneva Chevy Pontiac Buick GMC. Tickets are $60 per person and includes golf costs, lunch and prizes. Sponsors welcome. For more information, call 248-2234 or visit www.kadeskalssic.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Kade's Klassic 2007
When: July 1
Where: Evergreen Golf Course, N6246 Highway 12, Elkhorn
Info: 248-2234 or www.kadesklassic.com
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