The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH), announced a new program this summer called Hot Shots. This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients with chronic health issues. We want to give children an opportunity to have fun with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid again for a night. The 2018-2019 Hot Shots have been chosen and we are excited to introduce them!
Son of Michael & Kathy
November 3, 2018 against Omaha
Rylan is a happy, fun-loving 6 year old that receives both feeding clinic and occupational therapy through Floyd Valley Healthcare. He loves cars and people! He and his family live in Ashton, IA and make the trip to FVH every other week for therapy. Mom says he just loves coming to visit Jess and Linda, his speech and occupational therapists.
Due to pregnancy complications beginning at 9 weeks, Rylan was born on September 17, 2012 at just over 24 ½ weeks (his due date was January 3, 2013!) weighing in at 1 pound 8 ounces. Among other medical support, he needed a tracheostomy to assist with his breathing. Rylan has a condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). BPD is a form of a chronic lung disease that affects newborns and infants during the neonatal period. Due to immature air sacs (alveoli) in the lung, the infant requires external breathing support including oxygen and a ventilator. These treatments can cause damage to the existing alveoli and those that develop in the future.
Because of the low number of working alveoli, the affected children breathe much faster and harder than healthy infants. Working harder for this basic task may slow early growth because they do not have the energy or the time to feed properly. This leaves fewer calories for them to be nourished and grow. This "failure to thrive” may cause problems to other organs of the body also.
In general, infants with BPD tend to get better as they grow older. This is because most of the lung growth takes place after birth and throughout childhood. Though kids with BPD do not necessarily get sick more often than other infants, they tend to develop more severe symptoms than infants who have the same infections. Their recovery lasts longer and illnesses may set them back in their progress.
Daughter of Justin & Trista
December 31, 2018 against Omaha
Son of Marty & Jamee
January 25, 2019 against Des Moines
Daughter of Vincent & Jayme
February 24, 2019 against Sioux Falls
Daughter of Brad & Karen
March 2, 2019 against USA U17
Son of Jason & Jessica
April 5, 2019 against Tri-City
The Hots Shots will travel in a limo to their honor game as special guests of the Musketeers and will receive a commemorative Musketeer jersey, Musketeer memorabilia, an opportunity to meet the team and coaches, be a part of the ceremonial puck drop as well as a special mentions at their game. We invite you to come out and help us cheer on the Musketeers with our Hot Shots!
Applications are closed for this season, but please check back summer of 2019 to apply.
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