Hudson was born on July 21, 2005, in St. Ignatius, Montana. He is the son of Kendra, and the little brother of Coleman and Austin. Hudson is named after an early-20th-century missionary to China, and he has had just as adventurous a life already. At only 19 months old, Hudson (who had a rare, cancerous brain tumor known as an Atypical Teratoid/Rhaboloid Tumor) has already endured chemotherapy, intubation, a tracheotomy, radiation, and an array of afflictions, including mouth sores, skin and muscle weakness, loss of an immune system, intestinal feeding, reflux…. Through it all, he has been growing and progressing miraculously. He crawls, is developing speech, and is taking “great” MRIs.
Through all his treatment and suffering, Hudson has remained “funny,” mischievously hiding things from his nurses, and developing sign language to communicate with his parents and caretakers. “I knew from the first few days,” his mother says, “that he would touch many people with God’s grace, and he’s done that without the ability to form a word.”
Hudson’s family would like to thank “the nurses, doctors, and staff at Children’s Hospital, Seattle, and the University of Washington Radiation department. Hudson is here because thousands of people held him up physically and spiritually through treatment.” They also would like to thank “Side by Side Ministries, the hospital clowns and musicians who made him smile and started a love for guitar, and the ladies at North Seattle Alliance. Our hearts have been deepened with the beauty and kindness of divinely appointed strangers.”