Jalen is the happy little boy you see wheeling around the small town of Media, PA.
After his birth, it first appeared that he was developing normally. However, after not reaching early milestones, he was evaluated by a neurologist who diagnosed him with Microcephaly — his head is smaller than normal leading to the underdevelopment of the brain. This has left Jalen unable to speak, walk or eat. He also has the most severe form of cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia, is G-Tube dependent, and lives with epilepsy. His past five years have been filled with procedures, surgeries and constant doctor appointments — traveling to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia several times a month.
September 12, 2016
We are looking forward to Jalen's benefit on 10/8/16 at Barnaby's in Aston, PA. Jalen is now in 2nd grade attending HMS in Philadelphia. HMS specializes in schooling for children with Cerebral palsy. Jalen is now using an eye gaze system to communicate his wants and needs. Although seizures have increased he is doing very well and loving life! We hope to see you at the benefit!
September 25, 2014
Thank you to everyone who made last year’s benefit a huge success! Because of your kindness and generosity Jalen is now able to ride in our van in his wheelchair by entering through a ramp! We cannot thank you enough for helping make this happen.
In August Jalen graduated from Easter Seals. Although we were sad to leave a wonderful school and teacher we were welcomed with open arms to HMS of Philadelphia. This school focuses on children with cerebral palsy and will teach Jalen life skills, ways to communicate and help getting him mobile. We can’t wait to see all the wonderful things the future has in store for him!
We look forward to seeing you at Jalen’s benefit October 11, 2014 at Barnaby’s Aston.
Love, The Skerritts
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September 27, 2014
jalen you have made much progress in one year. I can't wait to see what happens next. I loved seeing you swing in your wheelchair and walk in your waker. You are my special angel and i love you very much!
May 14, 2013
Jalen - You were born to smile and you do that everyday. I love you to the moon and back!!!