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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


Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Great Article".

Just stumbled across this article and deeply appreciate the information for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy! Extremely informative! We happen to be dealing with ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Busy Times...".

Busy week in the Spear abode...Monday Brendon had horseback riding (PT) in the cold. It seemed last year it was cold every Monday in the spring. He is still trying to get ... Read more

Jessica Spear added a new photo.

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "A Busy Day!".

Taking a second to breathe... Today was a day full of excitement in the world of Brendon's Smile and an "adventure" in the world of Brendon. For those familiar to St. ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Little Setback".

So Brendon had a little setback this weekend, but not in regards to the casting itself.  He got pneumonia and we are working him through!   Brendon is handling it all ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Week 1 of Serial Casting...".

Here we are, well on our way in another treatment for Brendon.  I know I repeat myself quite frequently; but, I am truly inspired by his acceptance of, yet another, ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "May Your Mind Learn to Love With Compassion".

"May your mind learn to love with compassion." This quote was a beautiful gift to me which I now share withyou, from my morning tea (Yogi).  A quote so fitting, as on my ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Finally a Day to Get Out and Enjoy".

Brendon has been on Spring Break all week.  However, it has been kind of a bust with a lot going on, including his baby sister getting strep throat.  So, it was promised ... Read more

Jessica Spear added a new photo.

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