We introduced you to a local boy a few years ago with a rare heart and lung condition. Hatcher Wheatley has exceeded all expectations, and we caught up with him and his family at the Idaho food bank to hear about how they’re paying back the community’s support by paying it forward.
“He went from being on a hospice plan and do not resuscitate plan to being able to do everything a little boy wants to do,” said Randy Wheatley, Hatcher’s father.
Days that were once filled with tests, surgeries, and extended hospital stays, are now full of t-ball, soccer, and even kindergarten.
“Math!” said Hatcher of his favorite subject, “Because it’s fun. [It’s fun] because it’s hard.”
He’s proved he can do hard things over and over in his 6 years, and the herbal treatment he’s been on for the past year has done wonders for his health. Hatcher and his family are taking advantage of the good days they get with him.
“He’s fought it head on and always had a good attitude about it and it inspires us to want to do better and to be better and to help others,” added Randy.
Hatcher Wheatley is no longer just a young boy fighting one battle, but an established group that is committed to paying it forward by assisting as many people with as many battles as they can, like tonight’s group activity at the Idaho Foodbank.
“Our mission is to enhance the lives of families, community, and individuals. That’s why we do it,” said Hatcher Wheatley’s marketing coordinator and volunteer.
Hatcher continues to inspire those around him, as his family works to show their gratitude for their son still being around by seeing every single day as the blessing it is.
“We are hoping these herbs will continue to help him and then until then we will just take every day as a gift,” said Randy.
The annual Hatcher Wheatley Bull Riding Benefit is on May 3rd at the Bannock County Fairgrounds, this year benefitting Melissa Young, a local woman with three children waiting for a bone marrow transplant. There will be auctions, raffles, and entertainment, a free event with donations accepted to benefit the cause.