Our son, David, was diagnosed in utero with a clubfoot. We did not know what our future and his childhood would look like, but we began praying, even before David was born, that whatever treatment, procedure, pain, frustration, or inconvenience that he would have to endure – that God would use his story to be a blessing to others, impact other people’s lives and draw people to God.
David went home to be with Jesus on November 24, 2015, just four weeks before he would have celebrated his second birthday. David was a trooper. Through all the castings, surgeries, braces/boots, etc., he bore it well. If he ever fussed over his boots, we knew we had put them on incorrectly. He squirmed when putting them on like any toddler would, but he never complained and never fought it as part of his night time routine. He learned to crawl, stand and even walk and jump a little in them. And as he got to spend his days without his braces, he was running so well that you couldn’t even tell he had an issue.
We had been donating David’s used braces to On His Path as he outgrew them. Upon his passing, we wanted to honor him, and we wanted his story to continue to be a blessing to others. At his services, we requested that in place of flowers, people would make a donation to support On His Path with the original intention of purchasing as many sets of braces as possible for underprivileged children.
The generosity of our friends and family was overwhelming. When we sent the check to On His Path, they advised us that there was enough there to cover the bulk of the costs associated with building an entire pediatric orthopedic clinic in Sonsonate, El Salvador and asked if we would rather do this than purchase braces. We gladly agreed.
David loved being around people, and even at a young age, his passion for others was evident. It was not uncommon to find him checking in on his older brother, Alex if he were hurt or upset, and with a hand on his shoulder, ask him if he was okay. We feel that building a clinic like this honors David’s memory and that it would delight his heart to have more friends with whom he could run around. We pray that children’s lives are blessed as they undergo treatment and that people would be drawn to God through On His Path and the story of our son.
Submitted by Dan Posid
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6 NIV