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My Story

This is Brendon. Before Brendon was born he suffered a STROKE. It is important for us to share his story so we can raise awareness that CHILDREN can suffer a STROKE. Please share Brendon's story to help in our mission.  Brendon's Smile...Raising Awareness for Childhood Stroke Foundation was created to raise awareness and educate EVERYONE about stroke in children.  For more information visit www.BrendonsSmile.org.



Brendon was born a SURVIVOR and we are so blessed to have him in our lives.

At 19 months of age Brendon was diagnosed as having suffered a stroke while in utero. As a result of the stroke he has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Right Hemiparesis, Muscular Scoliosis, Speech Apraxia and Aphasia. Brendon currently wears braces on both feet and a splint on his right hand. Brendon is two years old and is only able to say a few words. He struggles with his inablility to vocalize and gets very frustrated with himself. He tries with everything he has to tell the people he loves what he is thinking. Brendon has a gorgeous smile and spirit that you can see by looking into his eyes. Through all of his frustration he manages to keep on smiling. Ask any one who knows him...he lights up a room. His spirit keeps us going!

It's important for every parent to know that doctors may not recognize the symptoms of stroke in children. Brendon should have been diagnosed much earlier than when he was. As a new mother I was told I was overly "paranoid." Due to lack of a diagnosis by several doctors and specialists Brendon was deinied the treatment he so much deserves.

You are invited to share Brendon's journey with us.

It is my goal to share with you every step of Brendon's journey so you understand what it is like to advocate for a child you love and to raise awareness. I don't want another child to be denied what is their's!

Please e-mail us at BrendonsSmile@yahoo.com for any suggestions you may have on helping us spread the word.

Thank you!

Jessica & Stephen Spear

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Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "October 1, 2014".

Brendon has been buzzing around full of joy since today is October 1st.  He loves the fall - taking after his mother. Now that the walk is over I can focus a tad bit ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "World Cerebral Palsy Day - October 1, 2014".

Did you know that a stroke before birth can leave a child with long-term neurological deficits such a cerebral palsy? Honestly, I didn't know that an unborn baby could ... Read more

Jessica Spear added a new photo.

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Amazing...".

Amazing is a word to describe the 8th Annual Brendon's Smile Rally/Walk to Raise Awareness for Childhood Stroke. Traveling back in time to August 2007 I would have NEVER ... Read more

Jessica Spear added a new photo.

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Down To The Wire...".

So we are down to the wire... I just have one more pickup to make and then packing up and rally speech planning. But first, a presentation to prep for tomorrow. I am ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Live In the Moment".

Yesterday when I picked up Brendon from school he was the second to last child to be picked up. There were tears in his eyes. He said, "Mom I was afraid you had a migraine ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Love Reunions!".

During the summer of 2010, Fox 2 News did a story on Mycle Brandy. He is the four-time stroke survivor walked across the USA to raise awareness for strokes. Mycle didn't ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Love Reunions!".

During the summer of 2010, Fox 2 News did a story on Mycle Brandy. He is the four-time stroke survivor walked across the USA to raise awareness for strokes. Mycle didn't ... Read more

Jessica Spear added a new photo.

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "The 8th Annual Brendon's Smile Rally/Walk".

Many are asking about the Annual Rally/Walk...It's a wonderful morning for people to come out and show support children and their families who have been impacted by ... Read more

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