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Collin’s Story

Happy Mail can be sent to:  620 Avalon Lane; Anniston, AL  36207    To help with Collin's medical expences, go to:   Thank you so much!

Collin was diagnosed with Devic's Disease by the Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Diseases (CPODD) at the University of Alabama in Birmingham on March 5, 2008.  Now we are struggling to deal with this devastating diagnosis and everything that comes with it.

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Today, 11 years ago, we received a very precious gift. We knew that sweet baby boy would change our lives forever, but little did we know the impact he would have on so many around the world. We did not know that day how he would suffer, but show grace through it all. We never knew then his smile would be seen through happy times as well as painful, sad times. I could never put into words what this Momma’s heart is feeling today and I would never want anyone reading this to feel what this feels like. Today, our family mourns not being able to celebrate Collin’s 11th birthday with him. Today, it hurts even more than I ever imagined it could. As time goes by, the pain does not lessen and we miss him more. However, instead of burying our heads in the sand with overwhelming grief, we must look up. We must look at the example God set before us and showed us through Collin. Though we are sad and we cry, we know Collin would want us to make a difference, just as he did. My goal today as I mourn him is to make a difference for someone today. Will you join me, please? Happy Birthday, my sweet boy! I miss you incredibly and will always love you & carry you in my heart!

As you all know who followed us throughout Collin's journey, Collin was a very loving and giving child.  We have decided to keep Collin's memory alive and continue his compassion for others by starting The Collin McDaniel Hope Foundation.  We are a 501c3 non profit charity (meaning we can give tax receipts for donations).  The foundation was started to help families with NMO children, to help fund the clinics who treat these families and to educate the public about NMO.  We are very excited about this foundation and what we can do to help those families through their journeys with NMO.  Our first fundraiser is a t shirt sale.  T shirts are $20 each plus $5 shipping (no matter how many shirts)  and payment  or donations can be made through paypal at (please send it as a gift and include your shirt size).  You can also email us for more information or to order through check at the same address.  Thank you for helping us to help others and keep Collin's memory alive!