Ethan’s grandparents are both experiencing health problems and are no longer able to lift and move him. Robert Thomas has had two knee surgeries since July, and was just diagnosed with lung cancer. And Johnnie Thomas receives dialysis treatment three times a week.
Plus, Ethan is growing. He currently weighs 75 pounds, but will get heavier as he gets older. “We do what we have to do, but it’s getting harder and harder to carry him,” said his mother, Jamie Quick.
Ethan has not been able to walk for at least three years, and he is unable to dress himself.
His brother and sister are invaluable in helping take care of their brother, according to Jamie Quick.
“They always help me with him,” she said. “They know how to take care of him without me saying anything. I don’t know what I would do without them.”
Johnnie Thomas agreed.
“They are both such good helpers with him, especially when his mother works nights,” she said.
Jamie works at Dollar General in Fultondale.
Even though there are many things Ethan can not do physically, his attitude is not diminished.
“He handles things really well. He just has a good outlook,” said Johnnie Thomas. “He has a better outlook sometimes than we do.”
Jamie Quick said her son is always smiling and happy.
“It’s everyday life to him, so he doesn’t complain about it,” she said. “He is so sweet, and he has a tender heart.”
Ethan loves sports, and played at the Gardendale Miracle League field for a couple of seasons. He has also attended muscular dystrophy camps, walks and fund-raisers.
Thomas said Ethan also likes building things and working with his hands. In addition, he loves his hand-held video games and tablet computer. “They keep his hands loosened up,” she said.