Sunday, May 17, 2009

Giving Back

Amy and I are the parents to one very active 6 yr old boy. We feel very, very blessed that he runs around the house generally creating havoc and having fun. For a two week span right before his birth, we were not sure that he would be walking or running at all. During a routine ultrasound, a spinal defect was detected and diagnosed as spina bifida. After a couple of very frantic and scary days, it was determined that his defect, although a problem, would not result in any brain damage as is the case many times with spina bifida. However, we were told to expect nerve damage and to be prepared for the reality that he might not be able to walk. Many, many prayers were said by us and a large number of people around the us (prayer grapevines reach long distances and have many branches). When Coley was born, it was obvious that he could move his legs and should be able to walk. After some spinal surgery at 5 months, and some physical therapy for a couple of years, Coley is about as normal as 6 yr olds get. We truly count ourselves among those who have been blessed by God.

We have decided to make a contribution of 10% of all our sales at to the Spina Bifida Association of America. This organization does a great job in the education of the general public about this birth defect. Our thanks to them and all those who volunteer in this wonderful organization.

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