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McKENZIE (July 30) — AHC McKenzie resident Kyle Trevathan celebrated his 30th birthday Thursday, and, despite visitation restrictions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, family and friends made sure …
McKENZIE (July 30) — AHC McKenzie resident Kyle Trevathan celebrated his 30th birthday Thursday, and, despite visitation restrictions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, family and friends made sure it was a special day.
Kyle was brought to the front entrance, and a dozen cars loaded with his loved ones paraded by. They all shouted their birthday greetings, many displayed posters and balloons, and some delivered gifts.
Kyle has suffered from psoriatic arthritis since age 15, and the chronic inflammatory condition has increasingly taken a toll over the years. Three years ago, he spent a year in the hospital, followed by a year in another facility before arriving at AHC a year ago. Kyle has been unable to walk for about two years.
Following the parade, Kyle’s parents, Kevin and Rita Trevathan, paid him a closer visit, separated only by glass as they communicated over speakerphone. Kyle said of line of visitors, “It was pretty awesome. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Rita told the Banner, “He’s strong. He’s a climber. He fights. He’s the strongest man I know.” She noted, “He’s in his full mind, his body just won’t go.”
He keeps that mind sharp playing computer games and even building custom computers. He often plays games with his younger brother, Jake, a student at UT Chattanooga. He also enjoys watching movies and shopping online.
His mother said the visitation situation has “been tough.” She said, “We’re used to being with him every day. We pray about it and do our best to be strong. We do our best to keep him safe.”
She added, “This is not his permanent home. We plan on bringing him home someday.”
Linda Harris, a CNA and activities director for AHC who also happens to be Kyle’s godmother, told The Banner, “He is such a sweet, loving young man. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and his faith in God is so strong even with everything he has gone through. He hardly ever complains. He’s a fighter.”
Harris also noted that Kyle is “very popular with the staff, and the other residents love him too.” She said before the pandemic, he loved to go to the parties and play Bingo.