Sweet Boy Hunter

A couple of weeks ago, we had a benefit walk/auction for baby Hunter and his parents. Here’s how the flyer for the auction read:

“Hunter was born November 22, 2010 with a disorder which is still unknown. He has craniofacial anomalies of the skull and face bones. In short, Hunter has a short bottom jaw, underdeveloped eyes, no ears, cleft lip, and cleft palate. In addition, he has short femur bones and his hips are displaced. Hunter’s short bottom jaw makes it difficult for him to breathe and eat by mouth. He breathes through a tracheal tube that was inserted at birth, and he gets his nutrients through a gastric feeding tube inserted two and a half weeks after birth. Hunter has hearing aids where his ears would be to aid development of his hearing and speech. In the six weeks that Hunter was at Children’s Hospital after birth, doctors performed three surgeries. He has many more surgeries slated over time…”

The walk was an amazing success. The turn out from our little hometown surpassed all of our expectations. As one volunteer said, it isn’t the financial gift that matters as much as being able to physically see the support of the community.
I am sharing this to involve you, my Internet friends, in something beyond important to me. M., the beautiful and amazing mommy to this incredible and sweet boy, has always been the kind of friend I can only long to be. She’s strong in imeasurable ways, and I only hope to be half the mommy she is one day. She has always been a giver, and now’s my time to give back.
If you want to know more, email me. If you want to find a way to get involved (the walk was held two weeks ago, but there’s going to be a need here for a long time), let me know. I love this family so much; I can’t wait to share more pictures from the amazing day.


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