Trek’s Journey

Trek Atlas was named for our passion to show our children the world. When we found out in January 2012 that Trek had a terminal illness and we did not have long with him, we knew we still had to go and see the world with all 3 of our sons. We had to start our journey with him. Trek got 4 stamps on his passport in 6 months. He died on June 21, 2012 in Thailand-our dream place to take him…

April 11, 2011-January 2012-Maui, Hawaii, USA

-Trek was born in the driveway on April 11, 2011 and lived his first 9 months on the island of Maui in Hawaii, USA as a beach bum.

January 2012-Colorado, USA

-Trek at 9 months old was diagnosed with Niemann Pick Type A at the Denver Children’s hospital.

-We decided to leave the hospital with high hopes to never return. We started traveling around the world with Trek and hope to never stop.

-celebrated his 9 month birthday with his family!

January 2012-California, USA

-happiest place on earth-Disneyland!

February 2012-Florida, USA

-Legoland and Sea World

-celebrated his 10 month birthday at Maggianos!

February 2012-Nicaragua

-1st stamp on his passport!

-El Gigante, Nicaragua lived in a treehouse for 2 weeks

-Matagalpa, Nicaragua explored the city and culture of Central America

March 2012-Utila, Honduras

-2nd stamp on his passport!

-lived in a house on the Carribean Ocean for 1 month and cruised around on a golf cart

-celebrated his 11 month birthday!

April 2012-Texas, USA

-Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate his 1st birthday with mama, daddy, and Peyton and Conner

-Spent one month at his great-grandparents farm visiting friends and family

May 2012-Maui, Hawaii, USA

-spent one month visiting friends and family while living at his Auntie and Uncle’s house and being a beach bum

-had a very special fundraiser at Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina, Hawaii

-celebrated his 13 month birthday-dance party!

June 2012-Japan

-3rd stamp on his passport!

-spent 8 days in Tokyo and Nikko Japan on subways and fighting ninjas

-celebrated his 14 month birthday with chocolate sushi!

June 2012-Thailand

-4th stamp on his passport!

-exploring the amazingly beautiful country of Thailand with his family!

-Trek died on June 21, 2012 in his mama’s arms

Trek’s blog posts from the beginning starting here


21 thoughts on “Trek’s Journey”

  1. Amazing!

  2. Jennifer said:

    what an amazing life to live! he was loved/cherished so much with every breath he took:)

  3. Nichole Allum said:

    I have a son born only a month before Trek. I stumbled upon your site via a friend on facebook. I read your entries multiple times the first day at work. I went home and the first thing I did was cry to my husband. I cried both happy and sad tears. Sad for the loss of your sweet little man, but happy for the inspiration that he gave me and countless others around the world. I want to thank you for sharing your story and forcing me to step back and appreciate what a blessing life is. Trek’s story will live in my heart forever and though I didn’t know him, he will have a true impact on my future.

  4. Bless your son Trek, and his story of his short but Very Big life made an impact on me. As a mother of one son, and one angel daughter, I appreciate your strength, love & your sons smile’s when faced with adversity. May your heart be surrounded by Peace & Love. From one mother to another. xxx

    • thank you so much Amy, that means so much to me that you read his story and understand. I am so sorry that you lost your baby girl, that breaks my heart and I wish no other mother knew this pain. Sending you so much love ,Chelsea

  5. Your story is beautiful !

  6. It made me know that there is still good in this world and there are still free spirits and beautiful souls!!

  7. This has suddenly become a very good day. I am not completely sure how I stumbled onto your site Chelsea, but I cannot thank you enough for the blessing experiencing your sweet baby’s journey has been. I am sitting in a Denver hotel at an autism conference, trying to stay awake, listening to a pretty intense topic…and here you are. I’m a writer myself and only hope something I can write with the passion, beauty and humor that you do. What an amazing life your son traveled. Somehow, he must have know how profoundly and permanently he would change the world.

    • wow, that is such a beautiful and loving message to read! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it and for all your kind words. And yes, I do think Trek knew, since his birth in the driveway, I knew he knew. I hope the conference was good, sending so much love to your family. xoxo ,Chelsea

  8. you and your family are an inspiration to everyone on how to live life to the fullest! god bless you all! donna

  9. What an amazing journey you traveled with Trek, the strength that your love gave him!

  10. Patty Phillips said:

    Your story reminded me of a book I read about a father that traveled to Mongolia to seek out a Shaman that might help his son’s austism. Thru his story and your story, I understood that the journey itself changed everyone. Traveling outside the security of the every day world, we can see a pattern to life, exactly as it should be. I could feel the weight of your son on your shoulder and the lightness afterwards. Your story has shifted my universe ever so slightly and forever. P.S. We too are now a family full of boys!

    • wow, thank you so much Patty, what you said, “the weight of Trek on my shoulder and the lightness after” I could not explain it better, that is all of it. Thank you so much. Sending you so much love ,Chelsea (enjoy your boys:)

  11. Rosa Nunez said:

    Chelsea I’d just like to tell you I’ve spent the past couple of days just reading every single one of your posts and you have the most beautiful family. You guys have inspired me to really “embrace life”. Trek is the most handsome baby boy I’ve ever laid my eyes own and I hope if I ever have a son he is as half as handsome as Trek was. Those blue eyes are to melt for. I can’t even imagine how much you miss him but he was very lucky to have you as his mama and you to have such a strong little man as a son! Lots of blessings for your family and congratulations on your new baby girl! Xoxo Rosa

  12. This is so touching and your baby boy is so cute! I cant imagine how you must have felt or are still feeling. I have 3 boys myself plus a daughter and i couldn’t imagine a moment without them. No mother or father should ever have to go through this and i want to thank you for sharing your story. My last son was also born on April 11th but of 2013. May god bless your family!

    • thank you so much Trisha-April 11th is such a special day for us too:) It has been almost impossible the last few months living without Trek. I wish this on no one. Thank you for taking the time to share your love and kind words. xoxo ,Chelsea

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