3-year-old boy with TAR syndrome shares therapy horses with seniors

A valley boy suffering from a rare disease gets relief with the help of miniature therapy horses.

After getting the horses as a gift from his grandma, he's decided to share them with the residents at a senior living center in Sun City.

It's been a life changing face-to-face encounter at Woodmark at Sun City.

"We've had residents who don't take their medications and after a visit they take their medications. We had one gentleman who hadn't spoke in two months or smiled and after a visit he whispered, 'Oh my gosh,' and then smiled for 10 minutes," said Frankie Eklund.
 
Matix Eklund is re-gifting in a way. The horses, Bert and Ernie, were a gift from his grandma.  

"She got them for my birthday," said Matix Eklund.

He's 3-years-old now and lives with TAR syndrome. 

The service animals come in handy because it can be hard for him to do the smallest of tasks. But, even his diagnosis hasn't stopped him from developing a relationship with his horses.

"I like to give them treats," said Matix Eklund.  

Because Matix has TAR syndrome, he has underdeveloped arms, poor balance in his legs and a low platelet count in his blood.

His mom says he needed a service animal and it's changed his life.

"They are amazing. You can walk right up to them. Matix helps feed them, walk them, brush them, he does so many great things with them. He's really been such a blessing to see him," said Brandi Eklund.

"He just loves them. He's a cowboy now. He's the coolest kid," said Frankie Eklund.

One cool kid, giving one cool gift.

TAR syndrome affects 1 in 100,000 newborns.

If you'd like to help Matix, his mother set up a Go Fund Me account here:  http://bit.ly/1zmS5uP

Go Fund Me account for Matix Eklund - http://bit.ly/1zmS5uP
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