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

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 for any suggestions you may have on helping us spread the word.

Thank you!

Jessica & Stephen Spear


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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Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Happy 9th Birthday to my Sweet Little Man".

It was 9 years ago that I was able to hold you in my arms for the very first time!I had spent so many months preparing for you and daydreaming about what it would be like ... Read more

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Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "Brendon's Birthday Extravaganza 2014".

Birthdays used to feel insignificant in the world I grew up - not because they actually were but because no one really celebrated in my life. I had felt as a child it ... Read more

Jessica Spear posted a new journal entry, "First Pitch August 31, 2014".

Brendon was invited by "Strike Out Stroke" to throw out the honorary 1st pitch at the Cardinals/Cubs game in St. Louis on August 31, 2014.  It was quite and honor for ... Read more

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Jessica Spear added a new photo.

Jessica Spear added a new photo.

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

Feeling blessed with all of the love and support pouring in from all of my dear family and friends. Seeing my precious child struggle is the worst feeling I have ever ... Read more

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