“I hate to tell you this, but your son needs a kidney transplant.”
Those words left Rob and Patty Brown dumbstruck.
It was October 2008. That day their 6-year-old son, Connor, had complained that his feet were cramping during hockey practice. Later that evening, his hands and feet completely locked up — a condition called tetany.
“We raced him to the emergency room thinking it was just something silly,” Rob remembers.
It wasn’t something silly. Connor was diagnosed with nephronophthisis, a rare genetic disorder that leads to kidney failure.
Little did the Browns know this was just the beginning of a long and frightening journey, not only for Connor but for their younger son, Logan, as well — a journey that would lead to four transplants and would test their strength as a family.