Our first recipient is Aidan Campbell, son of Wes and Faith Campbell.
Aidan is a 16-year-old teenager who has endured a trying last half to 2020. Aidan was born with his sternum curving inward, putting his lungs and heart at potential risk as he grew. He underwent chest repair surgery in May 2020 to fix the condition. The surgery was a success, but the road to recovery has been an uphill battle. Aidan spent the majority of the summer in and out of the hospital fighting infection. His journey continued into the Fall with the need to wear a wound vacuum that continuously performed surgical cleaning of three affected areas. Aidan was pleased to have the wound vac removed and remains cautiously optimistic about what lies ahead.
In the meantime, the trips to Egleston will continue. He is surrounded by an incredible family in his dad, mom and sister. The Campbell Family is humbled and grateful for their Ashebrooke community standing beside them in this difficult time.
Pictured: Aidan and his sister, Autumn
Sharon Ryles is a dearly loved counselor and coach at West Forsyth High School. This past Spring and Summer did not prove to be very nice to her. In April, she contracted a bacterial infection in her abdomen, followed by a rare form of pneumonia called cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP) in May.
As if that wasn’t enough, she ended up back in the hospital in June due to respiratory failure. She required surgery to reroute her digestive track and faced another operation correcting a back injury sustained during a car accident in 2019. She was finally released from the hospital in late August, but continues to have aspiration difficulties. Another surgery is expected to repair this issue in the coming weeks.
Through it all, Sharon remains optimistic and is humbled by the generosity and outpouring of support from the West Forsyth High School family as well as Forsyth County. Being a co-recipient of the 2020 Ashebrooke Night of Lights is the cherry on top for this sweet lady and just the boost she needs to guide her into a healthy 2021.
All proceeds will be split evenly between the two families.
To learn more about past recipients, go HERE.