This year we have been blessed to be introduced to Antonius Acre and his family. An eighth grader at Yukon Middle School, Antonius comes from a long line of Yukon graduates. His older brother, Alex, is a graduate of Yukon High School and was a member of the Pride of Yukon marching band. He has an older sister, Angel, who is currently a junior at YHS and is also in the marching band. Antonius, who is described by many as wise and witty, sarcastic and bit of a fireball–to us, he is above all things BRAVE. He has been asked to be more brave than any other 14 year old should ever be asked to.
Antonius has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare disease that causes severe atrophy of the muscles and multiple other health issues. Most recently, due to the muscles in his back not being able to support the vertical nature of his spine, Antonius underwent spinal fusion surgery–in hopes of relieving severe back pain and improve normal respiration and digestion. Due to the severity of his condition, Antonius has been confined to a motorized wheelchair. Although when he is around you will see him zipping and zagging in his chair, his time out in the community has been limited since his surgery.
Being that the family does not currently own a lift van that accommodates transporting Antonius in his chair, he can no longer be out and about like he used to. Previously the family had lifted him in and out of a manual wheelchair in their regular car, however, after his surgery, this is no longer possible. He loves school, he loves his friends, and we all want to see him be a kid again!