Ayden Christopher Wallman, age 7, of Janesville, received his angel wings on Saturday, June 24, 2017, following a three-year battle with leukemia, first diagnosed in 2014. Ayden born on September 23, 2009, the son of Adam and Charity (Acker) Wallman spent his final days at home surrounded by his family, friends, and his pets. Ayden’s life though short and filled with trying times, allowed for his true character to shine in the way he fought until the very end. Born with a stubborn attitude and given more will power than any boy should ever need his life brought joy to many.
Ayden attended Adams Elementary School, with his final year made more enjoyable by his caring teachers and classmates. Ayden was determined, lovable, stubborn, and full of life who enjoyed many things in life. Ayden loved the challenges of playing video games, and his determination showed in his desire to beat his older brothers, dad, and anyone else that said they could beat him. He loved to win and would let you know he was the best when he did, and at the same time, if he lost, he accused you of cheating or would rage quit. His viewing habits on YouTube were a reflection of his life. From his love of food challenges to pranks to making his videos he was often happy curled up in a blanket, with a drink and some food watching a video. His love of food was not limited to food challenges, as Ayden loved to eat and preferred protein and more protein Later he would challenge anyone on how many peppers they could eat or how many sour candies they could eat at one time. His sense of humor was sharp, and he loved pulling pranks on people. If you were sneaky, you could catch him recording his videos, mimicking the style of his favorite YouTube stars. When not cuddling with his mom, you could find him watching football and professional wrestling with his dad. He also loved to wrestle and would playfully mimicking the moves and storylines of his favorite wrestling against his father and brothers. Ayden also was a huge superhero fan, with his favorite being Batman. He enjoyed watching movies and preferred movies about superheroes or to be scared by a thriller or horror movie with the lights turned off. Mature beyond his age, he often was referred to as a teenager in a younger kid’s body.
A very special thank you to the many doctors and nurses who oversaw his care that spanned three different locations. From the start at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii to Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia to UW American Family Children Hospital in Madison Ayden’s love extends to all that cared for him. There are too many to name them all but few standout. Dr. Bryan who oversaw the majority of his care in Portsmouth and continue to keep tabs when Adyen moved from Virginia to Wisconsin. Also, from Portsmouth are nurses Abigail, Kima, Chelsea, Dawn, Derrick, Jennifer, Joey, Kathleen C., Kathleen G., Lindsay, Madison, Marquita, Shawndra, Nate, Arthur, and Laura to name a few. Dr. Capitini and nurses, Sharon and Jodi who helped guide the final months of his treatment. The doctors and nurses of the Pediatrics ICU especially Rachel, Emily, and Stephanie, who took care of Ayden in his last days. Thank you also to the other caregivers that touched Ayden’s life in one way or another over the previous three years. All of you are true angels!
Ayden is survived by his parents Adam and Charity Wallman; his brothers: Gavin, Kaleb, and Liham all of Janesville; his grandparents: Doreen Acker-Ritter of Janesville, Barry Acker of Stanley, WI, Donald and Peggy Wallman of Janesville; great-grandmother: Genevieve Acker of Stanley, WI; and several aunts, uncles and many cousins.
Memorial service honoring and celebrating Ayden’s life is at 6:00 PM on Monday, July 10, 2017, at the Whitcomb – Lynch Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry Amstutz officiating. A visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 PM until the time of the service at the funeral home. A special request for everyone attending to wear a favorite superhero shirt or costume to show their support for our super-hero, Ayden. In lieu of flowers, donations made to his YouCaring page at www.youcaring.com/aydenwallman-843879 are greatly appreciated.