Butler County boy with medical issues wants one thing: Christmas cards

Published: Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 6:26 PM

All Andrew Little, 8, wants for Christmas is enough holiday cards to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, and share them with his friends at the facility for wheelchair-bound people with complex medical needs. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
All Andrew Little, 8, wants for Christmas is enough holiday cards to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, and share them with his friends at the facility for wheelchair-bound people with complex medical needs. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Eight-year-old Andrew Little wants just one thing for Christmas — actually, lots of that one thing: Christmas cards. Enough to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville and to share with friends there.

When Andrew was about 15 months old, he contracted a rapid onset of transverse myelitis, a swelling of the spinal cord, which paralyzed him from the neck down. Doctors told his family, “He wasn’t going to live beyond the week,” said his grandmother and guardian, Alyson Little of Fairfield Twp. “Then, when he did, they said, ‘He’s never going to be able to communicate past what he’s doing now. He’ll never be able to talk, there’s too much brain damage.’”

Those predictions also were wrong.

All Andrew Little, 8, wants for Christmas is enough holiday cards to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, and share them with his friends at the facility for wheelchair-bound people with complex medical needs. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

Andrew is clever, has an 8-year-old’s wit, attends second grade at Evendale Elementary and loves the Bengals — especially wide receiver A.J. Green because he said he’s so fast and Andrew Whitworth because they share a first name.

He also wants to attend the University of Cincinnati someday, which is considered against the odds because he’s so medically fragile.

“So far, I’ve received messages from people all over the country that they’ve seen it,” Alyson Little said, noting many are from people she doesn’t know. Her hope was, “Maybe I could get him 25-30, at the most, 50 cards, just enough to put in his room, for us to read a card a day.”

The cards have been slow in coming so far, but already he’s ahead of last Christmas.

“Last year he only got four cards,” his grandmother said.

“After his mother passed away (in 2012), I wanted to do something to bring the world to him, because he couldn’t go to the world. This year, about a week ago, I just decided to promote it on Facebook. I had $35 left in my checking account, and it was $30 to promote it. So I’m like, ‘Just let me see what happens,’ ” she said.

Alyson Little said Andrew enjoys kid-oriented cards most. He enjoys looking at the photos and then the inside messages.

Andrew is on a ventilator, and “to keep him alive has been a huge medical undertaking,” Alyson Little said. “I mean, he has monitors, and they go off. And his medication list is just endless.”

His heart monitor has flat-lined many times, she said. His lungs are so damaged, the flu or pneumonia could be deadly.

His grandmother called St. Joseph and other facilities every six months for three years asking if they had a bed available for Andrew. One day, the answer was yes.

“It was truly like a Utopia,” Alyson Little said. “They don’t just care for the residents, they have pure love, and that’s not something you can pay for.”

Operated by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, St. Joseph is a non-profit home for adults and children who use wheelchairs and have complex medical needs.

“The director of nurses, when she took me around, she knew everybody, their history, their names, their family members,” Alyson Little said. “I knew, if I couldn’t bring him home with me, that was where I wanted him.”

“He’s a very sweet little boy. He’s very kind, very generous. His heart is so big, and he’s so full of compassion,” she said.

After his birthday Nov. 25, “he wanted to give away his gifts to all the residents, because he wanted to share the love,” she said. “He wanted all the residents to come to his birthday party.”

“When any of the residents are sick and he knows it, he constantly asks about them,” she said. “He’s very loving and nurturing.”

“And I’m going to tell you something,” his proud grandma said: “He remembers people and their names from when he was 3 years old. If you talked about something today, and you didn’t see him for six months, he would pick that conversation right back up where you left off.”

When he and sister Aubrey, a fifth grader at Fairfield Intermediate School, get together, they tease like any siblings, his grandmother said.

All Andrew Little, 8, wants for Christmas is enough holiday cards to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, and share them with his friends at the facility for wheelchair-bound people with complex medical needs. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

“For somebody who has such a hard life, honestly, he’s very optimistic and happy,” she said. “He does not look at himself as having challenges or disabilities. He puts everyone else in front of him.”

Want to send Andrew a Christmas card? Mail it to: Andrew Little, 4181 Weathered Oaks Lane, Hamilton, OH 45011.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 48, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. - Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: I-70 east to Airport Access Road to US 40 to SR 48.
  • I-675 south Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 27 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is: I-675 to I-75 south to Austin Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • I-75 north Ramp to I-675, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 26 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is I-75 north to SR 725 to I-75 south to I-675.
  • I-75 south between Dixie Drive and SR 725, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 5:30 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 11 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 wedt, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-I-75 south to US 35 west.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE Sept 11 - Oct. 28. The official detour is: westbound Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 235 between Dalton Drive and Dille Road, Lane width restrictions Oct. 25 - 26 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. One 11’ lane will remain open in each direction. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
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Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Land owners turn out to hear plans for County Road 25-A area in Miami County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:11 PM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.): Property owners and interested citizens attended the first of at least two public meetings tonight pertaining to a study being conducted in Miami County. 

The study focuses on the future of an undeveloped interchange off I-75 and County Road 25-A, between Piqua and Troy. 

The area under study includes 3,000 acres. 

Consultants from Burton Planning Services of Westerville, Ohio, will return with their recommendations within the next couple months.

The county contract with Burton Planning was for $48,000. There are seven interchanges on I-75 through Miami County. The one under study is the only exit that remains rural.

Residents and land owners attended a public meeting Monday night about the undeveloped interchange of the interstate and County Road 25-A between Piqua and Troy. (Steve Baker/Staff)

INITIAL REPORT

A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.

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The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

For more information, contact ROsgood@MiamiCountyOhio.gov or DSuerdieck@Miami-CountyOhio.gov.

Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

RANDY STANAFORD
RANDY STANAFORD

A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.