Jen Kroll got pretty excited when she saw a recent Target ad.
No, it wasn’t because of the “buy one, get one half off” sweater deal. It wasn’t even because flannel sheets were 15% off.
Nope, not at all. (Though, flannel sheets do sound nice…)
Here’s what made her week: a photo of an Elsa Halloween costume.
The ad meant so much to her that she posted it on Facebook and had this to say:
Jen’s youngest child, Jerrensia, came to her family on a medical visa from Haiti in 2011. She was just 14 months old at the time. “The closest diagnosis she fits into is Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC),” Jen explained to me. That basically means that she has significant issues with her joints. “Specifically,” says Jen, “her hip sockets never formed properly, [her] knees were locked at a 90 degree angle, [her] feet were clubbed, and she lacked nearly all muscle tone in her legs.”
For two years, Jerrensia was in intense physical therapy. Unfortunately, she didn’t make much progress and “despite innovative orthotics, we made the difficult decision to amputate her legs through the knees,” Jen shared. And while that must have been a difficult decision, it turned out to be the difference between being completely reliant on a wheelchair to get around and having more mobility options.
Today, Jerrensia is an active 5-year-old who “walks and RUNS everywhere on prosthetic legs and uses arm crutches to compensate for the lack of muscular development in her legs,” Jen explained.
Thank you, Target! Now it’s time for other retailers to jump on board this important train!