Lawson Waldman was born with a large hole in his heart and Down syndrome.

Meet Lawson the snuggle bug

September 18, 2017

For Keith and Jessica Waldman, life’s joy is their 3-year-old, Lawson.

“If I could, I’d have 10 more babies if they’d have his personality, because he’s just great,” Jessica said. “He really is one in a million and I’m very lucky to have him.”

Lawson loves to snuggle, but has energy to dance to every type of music and is best pals with his big brother, Easton. Lawson literally leaps into Easton’s arms and they giggle all day long.

But Lawson’s life didn’t start this joyously.

Before birth, ultrasound scans showed a large hole in his heart and tests revealed Down syndrome. Then, at 5 days old, Lawson was also diagnosed with leukemia.

Faced with so many challenges, his parents knew what they had to do. They let go of control and put their faith in the expertise of the specialists, nurses, therapists and others at Sanford Children’s, the region’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

“They treated him like their own,” Jessica recalled.

Above all, there were the incredible donors to Sanford Children’s Miracle Network.

The Waldmans relied on their generosity to help with travel expenses and meals as they traveled back and forth from Aberdeen to Sioux Falls.

“We honestly could not have done it without the Children’s Miracle Network,” Keith said.