Ashton's Hike

For: April and Ashton Landrus
Organizer: Kayla Hudson
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 46 donors
55% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Ashton was just like any other 12 year old boy his age. Extremely active, and looking forward to summer vacation filled with swimming, late nights and junk food, and hanging out with all of his friends. Everything changed on May 20, 2014. 

This sweet 12 year old boy has been in the hospital for 23 days, spending the majority of those 23 days in a medically induced coma.

While he was at school, Ashton had a seizure. After going to the hospital, we discovered Ashton had contracted viral meningitis and encephilitis. Although the doctors continue to do everything they can to help Ashton, they still do not have an answer as to why this has happened, nor have they found the right treatment to bring him out of his medically induced coma safely.

We, his friends and family, are asking for any donation to help pay for his medical treatments, and for living expenses for his family who are currently out of work to be by his side, right where they should be.

Ashton's family and friends continue to be by his side, no matter how long this hike is, all while continuing to pray for his speedy recovery. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 24, 2014

Posted on July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014.

I am so sorry for not posting any updates lately!!! I just moved and have been without internet service until recently. SOOOO MUCH has been going on with Ashton lately. 
It has been over 2 months since the initial seizure that put Ashton in the hospital, and I am happy to report that TOMORROW he will be GOING HOME!!!!!!!!!!! PYL!!!
Everyone has done so much for him and his family, and it gives me so much hope for the human race again. His classmates, along with their parents, helped arrange a very successful bakesale that put them in the local Bureau/Princeton paper!!! Bracelets and t-shirts are selling like wild fire. 

He still has a long way to go, with speech therapy and physical therapy, but we know he will pull through. 

Thank you all for the ongoing support, not only from friends and family, but from complete strangers. Your gifts to the family do not go unnoticed. Your utmost genuinity is a rare quality in this world, and we, Ashton's family and friends, thank you all so much from the deepest part of our hearts.


Posted on June 27, 2014

Posted on June 27, 2014

Day 38 Update-

An AMAZING day!!! Huge Milestone! As you all know Ashton is off of the ventilator and is doing INCREDIBLE! I don't really have a big update because the biggest thing today is getting off his ventilator! He is still receiving High flow oxygen through a nasal cannula. They will wean him from that as well!

Seizures- the neurologists are deciding if they can take his EGG off tomorrow or not.

Temperature- Low grade temp still off and on.

Continued with IVIG.

They decided to continue with steroids and are going to slowly decrease the dose or what they call taper the dose.

Pancreatitis- They are still continuing to monitor his labs closely.

He is so much more alert and interactive even today than he was yesterday! He is "hiking" mountains daily! He is truly amazing and a huge inspiration!

He also got a surprise by The Cheifs! They completely made his day! Thank you Cheifs Mascot and players!


Nightly Quote-
"Don't tell God how big your mountains are, rather tell your mountains how big your God is". Author unknown. Thank you Jennifer Perry.

Good night all and God bless!

Posted on June 21, 2014

Posted on June 21, 2014

Day 31 Update-

Today was a busy day for Ashton. It started out with a seizure. It was nice because the Neurologist was there to witness it and look at the EEG at the same time. They did also see that he was having some seizure activity throughout the night. They gave him another bolus of one of the seizure medications as well as increasing the dose of one them. They also increased one of the medications that he is getting to help him relax. He continued to smile throughout the day and have his increased periods with lots of movement!

Lungs- Today his lungs continue to look the same!!! Such great news!

Pancreatitis- One of the labs that they really monitor was slightly elevated from yesterday. They are still treating him as they can for it!

Temperature- He has continued to have have a low grade temperature all day. They still don't know the exact cause for it, but are keeping a very close on it and treating the symptoms. All blood cultures that have been done, all the final results are negative for infection that could be causing the fevers.

He did also have his MRI today. The Neurologist came in late tonight to discuss the results with Dustin and April. (That's why this post is so late, I'm really sorry!) I'm not sure how to post this because I know we all don't want anything to be wrong with Ashton, but in a sense we do because then we would have an answer and know how to treat him...So I feel we received very good news, because we received a diagnosis. His MRI showed some changes that were abdormal. These changes are indicative for the diagnosis of ....Drum roll please.........
"Autoimmune Limbic Encephalitis".
Now what is that and what is the treatment?

It is inflammation in the brain in which there are different causes for the inflammation, but as the doctor explained it, the body produces antibodies against itself. There are different causes for this that are more commonly associated with this diagnosis. One is cancer and the other is a tumor, both of which the Neurologist assured use that he DOES NOT have. The diagnosis of Limbic Encephalitis is extremely difficult and the diagnosis usually doesn't happen for weeks. He also said that most people diagnosed with Limbic Encephalitis are initially diagnosed with HSV Encephalitis ( herpes simplex virus Encephalitis). The reason is because clinically the difference cannot be distinguished. There are different treatment options and of course they are going to start with the the safest treatment options first and then work their way down the list, if needed. So they are going to start with the first treatment in the morning. That treatment will consist of high dose steroids for 3-4 days and then they will go from there.

I have not had the opportunity to research to find a good article to post a link to for you all to read and I'm sure by the time I find one you will all have searched and found the information you are needing. Please feel free to ask any questions...As always:)

We have such an amazing support system and amazing prayer warriors! Thank you all so much for your relentless prayers! It's obvious...they are working!!!

Nightly Quote:
"Stay strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now, but it never rains forever." Author unknown

God is so so good! God bless you all and Goodnight!

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