"Dandy-Walker…Not many people have heard of it and yet 1 in 2,500 babies are born with this syndrome. Dandy-Walker is a congenital brain malformation which affects the brain, specifically the cerebellum, which controls movement, and the fluid-filled spaces around it." -From Carter's Run for Dandy-Walker www.cartersrun.org
I wanted to share the story of an amazing child and one of the bravest mothers I've ever had the privilege of speaking with. After reading their story, I believe people like Lisa are true heroes. They teach us that we can take the unexpected circumstances life throws at us and turn them into ways of helping each other (and learning compassion and patience *from Lisa's words* along the way). This is truly what it means to be a human being. It is my hope that I can make a difference in others' lives as Lisa, Carter, and their family have done for so many.
Lisa is the founder of the Carter's Run for Dandy-Walker 5K, taking place on May 19, 2013 in Ashburn, VA. Her son, Carter, is a lively 5-year-old who has been living with the congenital brain abnormality known as Dandy-Walker. Read more about the syndrome and the family's story on their website:
I am honored to be participating in the run with my family, where I will be signing books and donating $2 out of every book sold to Carter's Run for Dandy-Walker. All proceeds of the event will go to the non-profit Dandy-Walker Alliance,
based in Kensington, MD, to fund a cure and raise awareness.
As another way to show my support for Lisa, Carter and every family affected, I will provide everyone who donates and/or signs up for the 5K with with a coupon to Smashwords where you can download my debut novel, Dark Seeker, for FREE. The book will be available in all e-formats for all e-readers. Leave a comment with your e-mail and I'll get you the coupon code.
Registration Form/Carter's Run Info
Please help support Carter and many other children who have been diagnosed with this congenital brain abnormality by sharing the link below on facebook/twitter/blog/etc. One thing we can do is spread awareness:
1 in 2,500 babies are born w/ this syndrome. Find out how you can help support children like Carter & get a FREE book! http://bit.ly/XKligj
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you on May 19th :)