Tayron is an amazing teen who was born with significant medical challenges. A neuromuscular condition causes him to be paralyzed from the neck down, and he has a tracheostomy tube and needs to use a ventilator while he sleeps.
In July 2001, Tayron came to live at one of our Children’s Transitional Care Homes. His dream was to have a family and a place to call home, and in his quest, he attended many events that match children with adoptive parents.
Now at age 16, Tayron’s dream has become a reality. His huge personality and infectious smile stole the heart of Sara Halstead, a former summer school teacher. Sara and Tayron saw each other every day and after two years of knowing each other, Tay felt like a son to Sara. She and her husband Rob, and their two daughters decided to ask Tayron how he felt about becoming part of their family. Tayron was immediately excited and agreed. After six months of intense medical training and significant renovations to their home to make it accessible, the stage was set for Tay to come home!
On Sept. 8, Tayron officially became a member of the Halstead family. He left our KenCrest home, where the staff had watched him grow from a small, beautiful baby to a smart and independent teenager, and began the life he had always dreamed of and deserves.