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Life Story / Obituary
For those who were blessed to have loved, known and cared for Aiden Webb, it is clear to see the difference he made in the lives around him. Just three years old, the life he lived was an inspiration in the hearts of many who were sent to care for him. In the end, it was Aiden who was sent to remind each of us what is truly important in life. Like a little fire, he lit a spark of hope and joy within our very souls, and because he lived, we will never be the same.
The year 2007 found the American way of life spinning with new technology and advancements while the housing sector was only beginning to see a rise in foreclosures which left many desperate. The threat of terrorism on American soil continued to be a threat as U.S. serviceman protected the home front from overseas. In the midst of these challenging times, on a brisk Tuesday just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, a young woman gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on November 29, 2007. However perplexing the circumstances surrounding his birth, there was without question an intricate plan of hope for his light to shine in the lives of many during these troubling times.
The blessing of Aiden came into the hearts and home of Dan and Tami Webb on February 5, 2008. A foster baby, he was merely two months old. As foster parents, Dan and Tami work closely with Bethany Christian Services. Aiden was one of 21 children who have been brought to them and entrusted to care, nurture and love until a more permanent home and situation present itself. With three strapping young sons of their own, as a family they lovingly care for these wonderful children as a ministry of faith.
It didn't take long for Aiden to win their hearts. A healthy bundle of boy, he took in the Webb's loving affection and care. He thrived in their home and was one of the healthiest little ones in their care. Progressing in his growth, he was simply full of life and joy right from the start.
Life as they knew it quickly changed when Aiden was six months old. Upon finding him unresponsive from a nap, little Aiden went on to spend nearly a month in the hospital before doctor's were able to diagnose him as having an extremely rare DNA deficiency called Alpers' Syndrome, a disease of the central nervous system. He suffered from terrible seizures. Even though he could not talk, Aiden's love spoke volumes.
For Dan and Tami, Aiden's illness found them taking a huge leap of faith. Although they took him in as a healthy little foster baby, only to be lent for a while, the disease or circumstances could never change the love they came to have for him. On November 15, 2009, Aiden was lovingly adopted by the Webb family and in their arms he found a forever home.
Aiden spent much time in the hospital throughout his life. Although his prognosis was not good, the Webb's lived each moment in faith, relying on the promises of God. In particular, the song, Great Is Thy Faithfulness brought much comfort their way. Through God's faithfulness they gained strength for each day and clung to bright hope with each new tomorrow. They never ceased in counting Aiden as an abundant blessing of God's mercy in their lives.
So many were brought into Aiden's life to be a blessing, when in fact, he was the one who blessed. Always happy, he was a good boy who absolutely loved all the hugs and kisses he could muster while his long eyelashes seemed to welcome everyone into his heart. He had many caregivers, family, church friends, therapists, and doctors who came to love him, and he in turn loved them in his own special way. But it was easy to see how much Aiden loved his brother, Jason. The two shared a room and together learned a unique way of communicating through grunts and groans.
The Children's Hospital at Bronson was their home away from home. The staff there not only administered care to Aiden, but enfolded his entire family with understanding, compassion and consideration. His medical team became good friends and those with whom Dan and Tami could rely. Aiden thoroughly loved soothing massages from his therapist and formed a special bond with his primary caregiver, Kristin who had been with Aiden from the beginning. Dan and Tami were grateful for the wonderful people who lovingly cared for their son.
At home or in the hospital, Aiden loved his music, especially Veggie Tales, the Gaither's or soft, soothing sounds. His infectious smile brought joy to everyone when he heard something he liked. In fact, when placed in his car seat or wheelchair, the mere thought of going somewhere always brought a bright smile to his face.
In his short life, Aiden Webb was a remarkable inspiration and brought out the best in people. His life gave others hope, and through the perseverance and faith of his family, he was a witness to the heart of God. Seeing Aiden's love and joy brought those who came to know him back to the reality of what's important in life. Aiden lived, loved and touched others for a purpose. Dan and Tami would not have changed anything, and faithfully encourage others to take that first step of faith and simply give a child love and hope for a future.
At the age of three, Aiden Webb, of Paw Paw, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, March 27, 2011. Members of his family include his parents, Dan and Tami Webb; brothers and sisters: Peter (Tori) Webb, Luke, Clayton, Joel, Michael, Jason and Ana; grandparents: Bill and Pat Webb, Gene and Phyllis Greene; great-grandparents: Ruth and Cliff Greene, Dave and Audry Evans, Barb Hendrickson; several aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.
Learn more about Aiden and visit with his family and friends while sharing refreshments on Thursday, 4-8 PM at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler-Kalamazoo, 6080 Stadium Drive; 375-2900. Funeral services for Aiden will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011, 11:00 AM at Calvary Bible Church, 855 S. Drake Rd., Kalamazoo. Please visit Aiden’s personal web page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can submit a favorite memory, photo and sign his online guest book before coming to the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Christian Services.