Jacob Hartshorne, 33, of Mount Pleasant gets help from his father walking down a staircase Aug. 27 in his parent’s home in Mount Pleasant, MI.

Hartshorne’s father Tim Hartshorne started studying CHARGE in 1989 after his child was identified as having it. Now, the Central Michigan University professor is considered an expert on CHARGE.

“We have always tried our best to give Jacob a life just like everyone else,” Tim said. “Now, he has 24/7 homecare and a bunch of beautiful women looking after him.”