EVENT: Austin Marathon 2017
Dell Children's Medical Center has been an important part of my life since my sister, Lauren, was born. Imagine my parents' surprise when during the birth of their twin girls, the second child came out with a cleft lip and palate. I was only 4 years old, and my sister Ally was 18 months. My poor parents must have been so overwhelmed! Fortunately, my family could take for granted that Lauren and Amanda were both born with healthy brains and that the craniofacial team could take care of Lauren without hesitation. After Lauren's initial surgery when she was born, she has had to deal with trouble eating, ear infections, speech therapy, orthodontic work, and many additional surgeries throughout her childhood. And yet, she seems no different than the other 3 of us sisters. (Actually, she is REALLY weird and her Netflix choices are extremely questionable!) Without hesitation, I want to do everything I can to thank Dell Children's Medical Center for everything they have done for my sister. I want to thank them for everything they continue to do for her because I take for granted that she can live a life so similar to mine. Honestly, I often forget that she even has a medical condition because it has never felt like a big deal. I am so grateful that I can feel that way, and I want to do everything I can to let other families feel the same. Donations of time, talent, or treasure (and prayers!) would be most certainly appreciated, and the extent of your impact will be greater than you could ever know. Thank You and God Bless!