When Joel and Stephanie found out they were pregnant, all they cared about was having a healthy baby. Little did they know that their son would be born with liver complications and would later need a liver transplant at the tender age of 3.
Even though Jake was sick, he was still a baby full of personality. He liked to play with his brothers and loved animals. From the moment he could talk, he told his parents that he wanted a puppy, but his parents said that they couldn’t get a puppy until after his transplant.
In 2012, Jake received his liver transplant and soon after was referred to Make-A-Wish Colorado. Knowing their son, Jake’s parents knew exactly what he would wish for, so they worked with Make-A-Wish to plan the wish in secret and surprise Jake with his very own puppy.
On the day of his wish Jake and his family jumped in the car to run some "errands", but in actuality, they were headed to PetSmart to pick up Jake's puppy. Jake was very excited and couldn't believe the puppy was his! After playing for a while, Jake did a little shopping at PetSmart to make sure the family's new addition, who Jake named Lado, had plenty of food and toys.
Today, Lado is growing up and fits right into the family. They take him on walks and he plays well with the kids, especially Jake.