Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Eternal Echoes Dedication
When I pick up a book, the first thing I read is the dedication and acknowledgments. I often wonder about the stories behind them. If you've read the Eternal Echoes dedication page, you'll know that it's dedicated to my brother and sister. I wanted to tell you why.
My brother and sister have Peters Anomaly Plus Syndrome. You can read more about it in this post. They were born blind, and had other developmental problems as well. They've fought against incredible odds for years, and thanks to the wonderful people who have helped them, and their optimism, they've thrived. Not only that, but their surgeries helped to pioneer treatments for other people born with Peters Anomaly and Peters Anomaly Plus. A huge part of the reason for their success is the tenacity and skills of the doctors at the Moran Eye Center.
The Moran Eye Center is the largest vision and research center in the Intermountain West. The doctors there, and at the University of Utah, literally gave my brother and sister eyesight when all other doctors told my parents to put my siblings in a hospital and wait for them to die. The doctors and staff are truly amazing people, committed to helping as many people as possible to receive sight and have a better life. They make sure that regardless of a person's problems, or their ability to pay, they can still receive treatment. They do medical missions outside of the United States, and Charitable Surgery Days at the hospital in Utah. My brother and sister have been recipients of the amazing talents and love of the Moran Eye Center doctors and staff.
It's always been a dream of mine to be able to pay forward the help and support my family received when my brother and sister were young. I thought it would be a nice tribute to include a note about the Moran Eye Center in the book dedicated to my brother and sister. So, that's the reason for the donation information below the dedication.
Thank you for all of your support of my books, and to the people who have been there for Colten and Natasha, you have my heart!