The story of Hayden Chapa
The story of Hayden Chapa gained worldwide recognition when a video of his mom Kami, singing to her dying son, went viral on Facebook. They have been featured on local and national news stations and have a huge following on social media. These news stations have expressed a desire to do follow-up stories to show the progress on Camp Hayden. Donors of Camp Hayden can gain recognition by being part of this great cause.
Hayden Chapa left an indelible mark on this world, on his family, friends, and anyone who had the chance to meet him, see his photos or hear of his incredible journey through life. When three year old Hayden was called home to heaven on October 27, 2016, his parents, Jason and Kami, were left with a hole in their hearts that will never be filled, but now they are turning their grief into hope – hope that Hayden’s story will help other children with special needs lead full and active lives.
Hayden was born with microlissencephaly, meaning he had a smooth brain and small head. He was also born without knee caps, which limited his mobility. Doctors told the Chapa family that Hayden would never be able to laugh, talk or show any kind of emotions. They advised his parents to “take him home and love on him.” So, his family showered him with love but they dismissed the grim predictions of the doctors and Hayden was able to experience more adventures in his three short years, than most people experience in a lifetime.
Hayden was a fighter, a winner, and an adventurer. With the dedication and imagination of his parents he was able to enjoy camping, swimming, boating and more. His dad Jason, researched and modified everything from power wheels, to helmets and life jackets so Hayden would not miss out on even one amazing adventure.
The Chapas created memories that will last a lifetime and now these special parents want to create precious memories for other families with special needs children. This is why they are devoting their time to creating Camp Hayden; a camp for people with special needs and their families. The hope is to create a place where every child is able to participate in adventures, in a safe and fully accessible environment.
Ultimately, Camp Hayden will host up to ten families of eight or 60 people total. Camp Hayden will be 100% family oriented with the sole purpose of creating lasting memories regardless of unique obstacles or disabilities.