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Life-Threatening Situation Leads to 15-Acre Thank-You at Mortimers

15 September 2015   Lisa Blyth

Phoenix Children’s Hospital to Benefit from 2015 Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze in Dewey

It seemed like an ordinary afternoon. But without warning, Hayden suddenly began to cry. His mom, Sharla, immediately rushed over to comfort him but he became violently ill. After throwing up and having uncontrollable bowel movements for the next 10 minutes, Hayden became lethargic. His eyes rolled to the back of his head and when Sharla could not get him to respond, the family headed to the emergency room.

Over the next few hours a variety of tests were administered. Nearly five hours later Hayden’s condition was diagnosed: intussuseption, an abdominal emergency affecting children under two that happens when one portion of the bowel slides into the next, much like the pieces of a telescope. Unfortunately, this was a condition that no one in Prescott was familiar with, so plans were immediately put into place for Hayden to be transferred to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Fast forward 14 years later. The Mortimer s now ha ve four children and Hayden is 15. The family is discussing plans for this year’s pumpkin festival and the design for their annual corn maze. Previous designs have recognized the Yarnell fire fighters, the presidential election and farm fresh food. But one thing ke e p s coming to mind. Their three, really close family friends who, over the past year, ha ve also faced situations w ith their children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. So a decision was made! The corn maze design and a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Pumpkin Fest w ill benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

Located on the southeast corner of Highway 69 & 169 in Dewey, Ariz., Mortimer Farms is the place to be every weekend in October for an “a-MAZE-ing” time at the 2015 Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze! Tickets can be purchased online at