Meet Eli

Eli’s friendly smile and cheerful disposition bring joy to everyone around him. “He pretty clearly has a special sparkle,” says his dad, Eric. “When he laughs it just bubbles up from deep down and you can’t help but laugh too,” mom, Megan, adds. At two-and-a-half years of age, Eli loves swimming, dancing with dad, and…

Meet Theo

Theo is a pint-sized Renaissance man with a flair for watercolor painting, music and literature. The outgoing 2-year-old, who has radiant red hair and a brilliant smile, is a natural to visit local schools as the Poster Boy for the 2018-2019 Kids for Kids Penny Drive! Theo, who has hearing impairments, can now say more…

Meet Samuel and Jacob

Keeping up with Jacob and Samuel, twin toddlers with a zest for exploring, is a major workout for their parents. “They run, jump and climb. They are both like monkeys,” says Jeanette, mother of the boys. It is hard to imagine that these active two-and-a-half-year-olds weighed just over a pound each at birth and spent…

Meet Rylan

Rylan is a busy toddler who likes summersaults and soccer. Rylan was just 9 months old when a pediatric nurse at Joya Child & Family Development gave him a quick Spot Vison screening that changed his life. The nurse reviewed the screening results and referred Rylan to a pediatric ophthalmologist for an in-depth exam. The…

Meet Nixson

Nixson’s love of lawn care extends to mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers and any other piece of noise-making gadgetry used to tidy up a yard. “He is up to date on landscaping trends,” said his mom, Angela. When Nixson hears a lawnmower, he drops everything to watch the action.   The 3-year-old is becoming confident…

Meet Linden

A bright-eyed little friend named Linden is walking! Linden was born with spina bifida, a spinal defect that threatens mobility. A few weeks shy of his third birthday, Linden took his first steps! It was a big moment for his family and for our staff at Joya Child & Family Development. The family’s journey began…

Meet Lemmy

Lemmy enjoys reading books, watching Sesame Street and speeding around on a Ybike with her 7-year-old brother, Radlee, making siren noises in pursuit. With a loveable personality, constant smile and hearty laugh, Lemmy is a joy to parent. “She’s a very, very happy girl. We got lucky with her,” said her mom, Cora. Two-year-old Lemmy…

Meet Harper

Everyone loves Harper. With a heart-melting smile and a friendly wave, Harper quickly makes friends “She loves people and likes to smile at everyone we see,” said her mom, Hagen. Harper has a syndrome that can cause a variety of medical and developmental challenges, including heart defects, immune system challenges, poor eyesight and delays in…

Meet Aiden

Aiden is a typical 9-year-old who loves to socialize and play sports. A fierce yet friendly competitor, Aiden can maneuver his wheelchair at full speed, stop and turn on a dime and hit big shots. He’s a formidable player on his ParaSport Spokane team, which travels throughout the region for basketball tournaments, and on his…