Timmy is bright.
He has a big smile and an even bigger heart.
Timmy is about the sweetest thing I’ve ever met. He immediately stole my heart with his beautiful eyes and inquisitive nature.
Several years ago, Timmy was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscluar Dystrophy (DMD). What’s that? Yeah, I didn’t know either. So I started researching, and reading, and crying. As a mother of two boys, how could I have NOT known about DMD? 1 in 3,500 boys has it. Over 20,000 babies per year are born with it. And there is no cure. No cure. How can that be? The number one genetic killer of little boys. And there is no cure. Let that soak in for a minute and it will hit close to home.
Timmy’s parents did what any parent would do, they hit the ground running and began to fight for their son. Their efforts led them to Mack & Sally Brown at the University of Texas. Timmy and his family touched their hearts in a big way.
When Coach Brown won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, he donated the award of $10,000 to Cure Duchenne. But he and Sally didn’t stop there! They will be hosting the First Annual Dealing For Duchenne Casino Night fundraiser here in Austin on May 1, 2010. They know that every penny, every effort, brings us one step closer to saving little boys like Timmy. Little boys who are usually wheelchair bound during their childhood, many of whom won’t live to see their high school graduation. As I was photographing Timmy today, I couldn’t help but wonder why? And think about how unfair it is. And I know that those thoughts aren’t a fraction compared to what his family goes through. My heart truly goes out to them. I spotted this sign in the hallway today and when I stopped to take a photo of it, I heard Timmy’s dad walk up behind me and whisper “I’m counting on it…..”
These are just a quick sneak peek of a few of the images we captured today. A huge thank you to Timmy and his family, you are truly an inspiration! I can’t wait to see you again. Thank you to Mack & Sally Brown for your time today and your big hearts and kind spirits. Julie, for all your hard work and coordination, I know the kids had a blast at the stadium and having full run of the field too! And MC for assisting me today. I’ll be sharing many more photos of this beautiful family in the near future!!