Theo Mateo Kizer and Ryan House

On September 15, 2014, Theo Mateo was born to his parents Nick and Niki Kizer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. That day began the two-month journey that saw Theo battle through many ups and downs due to Pena-Shokeir, a syndrome caused by genetic mutation. After doctors explained that Theo had a short time on this earth, Nick and Niki decided it was best to get Theo out of the sterile hospital setting.

Ryan House was the facility that offered Theo many experiences his parents dreamed for him. Even in his fragile state, Theo was able to have a private concert, watch his first Cardinals game and get a visit from the family dogs, all while receiving world class medical attention. This was a Godsend for baby Theo and his parents during his final days.

Ryan House is a sanctuary for children of all ages with terminal diseases and their parents. This is truly a hidden gem in mid-town Phoenix. It is a place that families can go during the most difficult time in their lives. Ryan House operates completely on the generosity of private donors. That is where you come in…

With your help, we will be making a donation to Ryan House in Theo’s honor, for what would be his second birthday. These donations continue to provide the medical attention needed, as well as fun things like instruments and toys, that every sweet child should experience.

Theo was said to have the heart of a "Lion" -  It is his spirit animal