by kelley gusich | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Positively Amazing

student_houshan1Kamden Houshan was diagnosed with a congenital giant intramedullary spinal cord schwannoma when he was just a week old. His tumor was recorded in the Neurology journal of the American Academy of Neurology, but much more notable is Kamden’s enduring attitude in the face of this diagnosis. Kamden is now five years old and attends kindergarten at Pomerado Elementary. His teacher, Ms. Bulda, along with aides Ms. Linda and Ms. Asha, always push him to do more and give him so much encouragement. “He loves school and wouldn’t miss a day by choice,” his parents said.

The family wanted Kamden to be able to try out as many sports as possible, and at one point they stumbled across a flyer for sled hockey at the UTC Ice Arena. Originally the San Diego Sled Hockey Team had no more than five players (including Kamden), but it has grown tremendously since its inception. He likes how cold it is, and just being on the ice is fun to him. “He has the hardest time hitting the puck,” his parents explained. “He still lacks the hand and eye coordination needed to make a good hit.” It doesn’t matter, though. “It is extremely rewarding when he does make it into the goal,” they continued. “The smile he gives us is priceless.”student_houshan3

Name: Kamden Ryota Houshan (5)
School: Pomerado Elementary School
Grade: Kindergarten
Parents: Bobby and Yvonne Houshan
Siblings: Jonathon Davis (14), Robert Houshan (10)
Favorite Places in 92064: Poway Community Center, Pomerado Elementary, community parks

Besides sled hockey Kamden enjoys wheelchair basketball, wheelchair summer camp, adaptive golf, and cycling. He plays basketball through Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association every season since he started sports, absolutely loved wheelchair camp last year, and has been talking about this year’s camp ever since then. Many of the sports are made available to him through ASRA and Challenged Athletes Foundation, with a grant from the Foundation helping to offset the cost of coaching and training. “This grant will give him the chance to explore the sports he loves even more,” his parents confided. “They have opened a huge door to excitement, independence, and challenge.”

student_houshan2Other than sports, Kamden loves to draw pictures, and he spends a large amount of his downtime drawing. He also likes Minecraft, Five Nights at Freddy’s, anything Spiderman or Marvel, and LEGO’s. Not to mention wheelies. His parents shared, “Kamden is such a sweet kid. He cares for others deeply and always tries his hardest.”