The Stevens Family Foundation continues to extend its philanthropic reach across America – from Arizona to Washington DC, from Colorado to New York. But the superheroes of Massachusetts are near and dear to their hearts – and in April, the Stevens Family made it possible for Superhero Aiden LaFleur, his family and his entire community to experience some extra-special love and support.
Five year-old Aiden has an infectious sense of humor, and charisma so strong that he’s been dubbed “the mayor” of his Ashburnham elementary school. Aiden has also been diagnosed with hemimegalencephaly (HME), a rare neurological condition in which one side of the brain is abnormally larger than the other, with the enlarged brain tissue causing frequent seizures and cognitive or behavioral disabilities. The seizures cannot be controlled by medication, and Aiden is expected to undergo functional hemispherectomy surgery this spring.
On April 7th, Ashburnham’s Cushing Academy hosted a fun run and hockey game to raise funds to cover medical expenses, as well as to help break ground on a playground specially built for children of all abilities.
It didn’t take long before the Stevens family, who are new to the area, learned about Aiden and the fundraiser – and they didn’t waste a moment offering to contribute! They not only arrived at the Academy (accompanied by members of the Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums, who first brought Aiden to the Foundation’s attention) to present the LaFleur family with a donation, but they invited the entire family to Boston that night to join them as they watched the Bruins play – from their very own skybox!
Adam was all smiles all day long, as was everyone who met him – including Samantha Marcia and her siblings Josie and Brian Mathias. It was a long day, but the time flew – as time does, when spent in the spirit of changing the world for the better.
Good luck, Aiden – we’re all cheering you on!
Aiden is just one of the Superheroes the Stevens Family Foundation have reached out to this spring – stay tuned to meet the people behind several Boston-based charities who, with the Foundation’s help, are changing the world for the better.