KAYJAY 5/10K & 1 Mile Walk

KayJay 5K Run

The Ebensperger's Journey

On May 26th, 2001, we were blessed with our angel, Kayden Jayce. He was born a healthy little guy, but things changed as he grew and was not achieving his necessary milestones. We had the Birth to 3 program start working with him at 7 months of age. When Kayden was a year old, we took him to a neurologist.  A "FISH test" which breaks down the DNA was performed and revealed Kayden had a duplication of his 15th chromosome. A typical person has 46 chromosomes, Kayden has 47. This condition is called chromosome 15q duplication syndrome or Isodicentric 15 (idic 15). A consult with a geneticist confirmed the diagnosis and so our journey began. Kayden's diagnosis has caused many developmental delays, including not walking until 22 months of age. At age 2, a pediatric behaviorist diagnosed him as being moderate to severely autistic. Kayden started having seizures three years ago and is currently on medication, but the seizures are uncontrolled at this time. We have tried many things over the years with Kayden, including 3 years of in-home therapy, hippo therapy (horseback riding), and many years of speech, occupational, and physical therapies through school. We are still waiting to hear Kayden's first word. Kayden has a special gift for music and is able to hum songs note for note in perfect pitch. He is able to communicate at times by using pictures of items he wants, or by simply taking your hand and leading you to what he needs. He is extremely affectionate and loves to be cuddled and kissed. He is our ray of sunshine and most people fall in love with him the minute they look into his big brown eyes. Kayden is a big brother to Marik and the son of adoring parents, Todd and Teana.


neurologist.  A "FISH test" which breaks down the DNA was performed and revealed Kayden had 

a duplication of his 15th chromosome. A typical person has 46 chromosomes, Kayden has 47. This 

condition is called chromosome 15q duplication syndrome or Isodicentric 15 (idic 15). A consult with a 

geneticist confirmed the diagnosis and so our journey began. Kayden's diagnosis has caused many 

developmental delays, including not walking until 22 months of age. At age 2, a pediatric behaviorist 

diagnosed him as being moderate to severely autistic. Kayden started having seizures last year and is 

currently on medication to control them. We have tried many things over the years with Kayden, 

including 3 years of in-home therapy, hippo therapy (horseback riding), and many years of speech, 

occupational, and physical therapies through school. We are still waiting to hear Kayden's first word. 

Kayden has a special gift for music and is able to hum songs note for note in perfect pitch. He is able 

to communicate at times by using pictures of items he wants, or by simply taking your hand and leading 

you to what he needs. He is extremely affectionate and loves to be cuddled and kissed. He is our ray of 

sunshine and most people fall in love with him the minute they look into his big brown eyes. Kayden is 

a big brother to Marik and the son of adoring parents, Todd and Teana. 


start working with him at 7 months of age. When Kayden was a year old, we took him to a 

neurologist.  A "FISH test" which breaks down the DNA was performed and revealed Kayden had 

a duplication of his 15th chromosome. A typical person has 46 chromosomes, Kayden has 47. This 

condition is called chromosome 15q duplication syndrome or Isodicentric 15 (idic 15). A consult with a 

geneticist confirmed the diagnosis and so our journey began. Kayden's diagnosis has caused many 

developmental delays, including not walking until 22 months of age. At age 2, a pediatric behaviorist 

diagnosed him as being moderate to severely autistic. Kayden started having seizures last year and is 

currently on medication to control them. We have tried many things over the years with Kayden, 

including 3 years of in-home therapy, hippo therapy (horseback riding), and many years of speech, 

occupational, and physical therapies through school. We are still waiting to hear Kayden's first word. 

Kayden has a special gift for music and is able to hum songs note for note in perfect pitch. He is able 

to communicate at times by using pictures of items he wants, or by simply taking your hand and leading 

you to what he needs. He is extremely affectionate and loves to be cuddled and kissed. He is our ray of 

sunshine and most people fall in love with him the minute they look into his big brown eyes. Kayden is 

a big brother to Marik and the son of adoring parents, Todd and Teana. 

things changed as he grew and was not achieving his necessary milestones. We had the Birth to 3 program 

start working with him at 7 months of age. When Kayden was a year old, we took him to a 

neurologist.  A "FISH test" which breaks down the DNA was performed and revealed Kayden had 

a duplication of his 15th chromosome. A typical person has 46 chromosomes, Kayden has 47. This 

condition is called chromosome 15q duplication syndrome or Isodicentric 15 (idic 15). A consult with a 

geneticist confirmed the diagnosis and so our journey began. Kayden's diagnosis has caused many 

developmental delays, including not walking until 22 months of age. At age 2, a pediatric behaviorist 

diagnosed him as being moderate to severely autistic. Kayden started having seizures last year and is 

currently on medication to control them. We have tried many things over the years with Kayden, 

including 3 years of in-home therapy, hippo therapy (horseback riding), and many years of speech, 

occupational, and physical therapies through school. We are still waiting to hear Kayden's first word. 

Kayden has a special gift for music and is able to hum songs note for note in perfect pitch. He is able 

to communicate at times by using pictures of items he wants, or by simply taking your hand and leading 

you to what he needs. He is extremely affectionate and loves to be cuddled and kissed. He is our ray of 

sunshine and most people fall in love with him the minute they look into his big brown eyes. Kayden is 

a big brother to Marik and the son of adoring parents, Todd and Teana. 

things changed as he grew and was not achieving his necessary milestones. We had the Birth to 3 program 

start working with him at 7 months of age. When Kayden was a year old, we took him to a 

neurologist.  A "FISH test" which breaks down the DNA was performed and revealed Kayden had 

a duplication of his 15th chromosome. A typical person has 46 chromosomes, Kayden has 47. This 

condition is called chromosome 15q duplication syndrome or Isodicentric 15 (idic 15). A consult with a 

geneticist confirmed the diagnosis and so our journey began. Kayden's diagnosis has caused many 

developmental delays, including not walking until 22 months of age. At age 2, a pediatric behaviorist 

diagnosed him as being moderate to severely autistic. Kayden started having seizures last year and is 

currently on medication to control them. We have tried many things over the years with Kayden, 

including 3 years of in-home therapy, hippo therapy (horseback riding), and many years of speech, 

occupational, and physical therapies through school. We are still waiting to hear Kayden's first word. 

Kayden has a special gift for music and is able to hum songs note for note in perfect pitch. He is able 

to communicate at times by using pictures of items he wants, or by simply taking your hand and leading 

you to what he needs. He is extremely affectionate and loves to be cuddled and kissed. He is our ray of 

sunshine and most people fall in love with him the minute they look into his big brown eyes. Kayden is 

a big brother to Marik and the son of adoring parents, Todd and Teana. 

KayJay 5K in Tribune Press Reporter