As many 8-year-old boys do, Zion Harvey wanted to swing on the monkey bars and to pick up his little sister and swing her around as they played. Zion, however, is unlike many other children his age, demonstrating not only life experience but a resilience and wisdom beyond his years; when he was only two years old, Zion got sick. Very sick.
A bacterial infection in 2008 threatened his life, resulting in multiple organ failure. As a toddler, Zion lost his hands and his legs below the knee to the disease, which had also shut down his kidney function, leaving him reliant on dialysis for two years. While many mothers say they would give anything for their children, Zion’s mom, Pattie Ray, gave her son a kidney. The transplant meant the youngster would be on anti-rejection medications for the rest of his life.