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MILLERSBURG -- Jerron Scott is every bit a 4-year-old boy.
His giggles and his smile are infectious, his questions never ending, his energy non-stop.
While he builds a fort out of tumbling mats inside the Shine Bright Dance Studio, his father, Gary Scott, tells the story of Jerron.
And after just four years, Jerron's story has a lot of chapters.
It begins before he was born, when his mother, Danielle, went for a routine doctor's appointment in the 20th week of her pregnancy.
There were problems with the child's heart, Scott said, lots of problems. The outlook was not good.
Gary and Danielle Scott were told they had two weeks to decide whether they wanted to terminate the pregnancy. "We made a decision right then and there that if God wants our child," Scott said, "he'll take him."
Instead, Jerron entered the world via Caesarian section at the Cleveland Clinic. He was blue. "I saw him and touched his hand for a moment," Scott said, "and away he went" to the pediatric intensive care unit.
It would be more than five months before he would come home.
Jerron has an alphabet soup of issues -- dextrocardia, DORV (double outlet right ventricle), HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome) and TAPVR (total anomalous pulmonary venous return). He also has heterotaxy with asplenia and was born with broncomalacia. He more recently was diagnosed PCD (primary ciliary dyskinesia).
At first, it took all of the boy's energy just to breathe, said Scott. "You could bury his hand in the hole in his chest because he had to work so hard."
Before Jerron was a year old, he'd already had two heart surgeries. Last month, he had a third.
He'll show you his scar, if you ask.
The surgeries and a tracheostomy he had at 8 weeks old have allowed Jerron's body to focus more and more on growth, rather than mere survival.
But it's been a long four years for the Scott family, and financially taxing ones.
Jerron has an older sister, Paisley, and a younger sister, Peyton. Peyton is the quiet one; Paisley, the dancer. And at a dance studio where everyone is family, there's been a lot of love and concern showered on Paisley's family.
So when Shine Bright Dance Studio has its third annual recital June 10 and 11, the proceeds from the $10 ticket sales will go to support the Scott family. "I know there are lots of people who need help when they're going through hard times like this," said studio owner Rachil Reynolds. "I think God really led me to start searching for people in need -- even if it's just a little (money)."
Sure, she said, she could put the money back into her business, which has seen its enrollment numbers double this year. "I could buy some other mats," Reynolds said. "I think that this is more beneficial."
All of the 86 Shine Bright dancers will take part in the recital, which will begin at 6 p.m. June 10 and 2 p.m. June 11 at West Holmes High School. There will be gymnastics, tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance.
It is the first time the recital has been scheduled for two nights, rather than one. And that's good, Reynolds said, because that means more ticket sales and a bigger donation to the Scott family.
Scott credits not only the studio, but family and friends with the help and support his family has received over the past four years. Although people with the type of heart issues his son has have typical life expectancies of 20 to 30 years, others have been known to live years longer and advances in medicine most likely will increase those numbers even more as Jarron grows.
In the meantime, Scott said, his family will "take it one day at a time and have faith in God and what will be, will be."
Reporter Tami Mosser can be reached at 330-287-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She is @tamimosser on Twitter.