And now it’s his turn to give Ayden the best life he can, in a very short amount of time.
In August 2016, nine-year-old Ayden collapsed while running a lap at football practice. Doctors first thought it was a concussion, but then he began to lose motor skills and cognitive abilities, and Kohler got the worst news a parent can get: His son has cancer.
Called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, Ayden has two tumors: One in his cerebellum and the other his brain stem, and he was given only eight to 12 months to live.
“We’re trying to cram a lifetime into a few months is what we’re trying to do,” Kohler said.
So Ayden made a bucket list, and his dad is helping him cross off the items. Among items like hunting, seeing a WWE match, and watching a Wizards game, his list also includes a special if not heartbreaking request.
“If I am very sick and may die I wish to be: in the woods,” it reads.
Ayden loves being outdoors, Kohler said. Between basketball, football, wrestling, and hunting, he added that before the tumors, Ayden was rarely not outside, and he wants to be with his son whenever and wherever he can, for as long as they have together.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."