Wednesday, March 07, 2007

To Whom Much Is Given.....

"To whom much is given, much is expected" - Luke 12:48

It is true. I feel very fortunate, and have a desire to be able to give back to others in a meaningful way.

My family just completed the paperwork to establish the "Kate Singer Endowment for Cranio-Facial Surgery" through the Children's Medical Foundation of Central Texas.

A portion of the proceeds that I earn from my books and speaking opportunities will be donated to this cause, until a time that the endowment is fully funded.

My daughter Kate was born with a condition called Sagital Synostosis, where her skull was fused together prematurely (this should not have happened until she was a teenager). As her brain grew, it caused a her head to become severely deformed. This was not a fun time for our family. She was only four months old when diagnosed, and had to undergo invasive surgery that removed the top of her skull.

We traveled to San Diego for the surgery, and had phenomenal doctors at the amazing Children's Hospital of San Diego. We return every year for a check up, but Kate is doing great, the bones in her head have grown back, and she should have no other problems. She is now five year old, and has no memory of the ordeal she faced as a baby (her mother and I will never forget). Her head looks normal, and she is smart as a whip!

In just a few months the new Children's hospital in Central Texas will open in Austin. This state of the art facility did not exist five years ago, but it will soon be a premier treatment center for children. I was thrilled to hear that they have established a Cranio-Facial surgery program.

We want to help others who will one day face the trauma we went through, and hope this endowment will, in a very small way, have an impact on the research of new ways to treat those with cranio-synostosis and related syndromes.

Have A Great Day.



Anonymous said...

Very cool, Thom. That's awesome!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing thing to do! Hats off to you and your family!