“Who doesn’t love Pizza Man?” said Kevin Coatney of Litchfield.
In celebration of World Cerebral Palsy Day on Tuesday, Oct. 6, Pizza Man is celebrating its own CP hero, Kevin’s son, Dalton Coatney.
Owner Scott Chandler said six-year-old Dalton’s favorite pizza is cheese, so on Tuesday, everyone who orders a large or an extra-large cheese pizza will help Dalton’s family offset medical expenses. That day, $2 from each of those orders will be given to the family.
The Coatney family, Kevin Coatney and Lacey Dwyer, along with their kids, Josie, age 11, and Dalton, who turns seven on Oct. 30, had the chance to try their hand making the famous pizza on Wednesday evening, Sept. 30, at the restaurant.
Dalton is currently a first grader at Madison Park Elementary School in Litchfield, where he is in Mrs. Perfetti’s class.
Three years ago, Dalton had dorsal rhizotomy surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, which involves cutting some of the sensory nerve fibers that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord.
With continued therapy at RehabEdge in Hillsboro with John Mekala, Dalton continues to improve his walking ability. He is now able to walk stairs independently, jump and even manage on uneven surfaces.
“John was the first one who ever told us that Dalton would walk,” said his mom, Lacey. “He’s been a huge part of his life.”
Chandler, who is a neighbor to the Coatney family, often takes the children to church on Sundays and has developed a special relationship with the family. He hopes that everyone will come out and have a cheese pizza in honor of Dalton this Tuesday.
“Every little bit helps,” Chandler said.