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Texas National Guard Has a Brave, Inspiring New Recruit

Texas Nat'l Guard Has a Brave, Inspiring New Recruit


8-Year-Old Battling Rare Disease Made Honorary Member of Texas National Guard

An eight-year-old boy battling a rare disorder had a dream come true on Friday when he was made an honorary member of the Texas National Guard in a special enlistment ceremony.

Rowan Windham has Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome, which affects the pancreas, gastro-intestinal tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow.

In his eight years, Rowan has spent more than 900 days in the hospital, received dozens of blood transfusions and made more than 70 trips to the operating room.

“It’s devastating when you find out that your child has something that you cannot fix. You’re a bystander on the sideline,” Rowan’s father, Brian Windham, said.

Rowan’s family explained that it was always a dream of his to join the military, and he couldn’t have been happier at the special ceremony.

General Sean Ryan of Camp Mabry gave Rowan a Stetson hat and a pair of spurs that he said recognizes the boy’s ability to move forward and think positively.

“Thank you. This is the best day ever in my whole entire life,” Rowan said to huge cheers.

“I just love to help others and help people,” Rowan explained.

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