ANGOLA, Ind. (WFFT) — Trevor Dirrim gets excited about searching for pumpkins hidden in the woods.
He’s also more than willing to jump into a pit of corn kernels.
His siblings Trinton and Mara are eager to bury him.
And none of them are afraid of a little sibling rivalry.
We’re really competitive against each other, and we try to have a lot of fun, and we make bets against each other while we’re doing it," Trinton said.
The Dirrim family spent their Saturday afternoon counting pumpkins and exploring a corn maze, a bit of family fun which is sometimes more difficult for them to come by.
"They appear normal, but things are happening inside their bodies," said their mother Cyndi. "So we don’t take any of these activities for granted. We enjoy each and every moment."
Cyndi says Trinton and Trevor both have a disease that affects their internal organs, forcing them to use IV's every other week.
But through nonprofit A Kid Again, the Dirrim’s can have days like this one at Ridenour Acres, spending some quality time together.
"I remember as a kid, it isn’t so much the Christmas presents and things that you get, but it’s the memories of vacation and the memories that you make as a family," said their father Brad. "So what I appreciate about A Kid Again is they create those moments."
A Kid Again helps children like Trinton and Trevor have these experiences many families wouldn’t think twice about.
"Life gets really hard sometimes with different diseases and different things, and when you see other people out there running around, you don’t know what they have," Trinton said.
But the Dirrim family knows this: disease does not define you.
"Even though you might have some special needs in your life, it shouldn’t stop you from trying to do whatever you want to do," Brad said.
Trinton says he hopes to be a pilot one day. And though his dyslexia sometimes makes school difficult, his family encourages him on.