The World of Troy Rendón
Meet my 13 year-old son,Troy. He was born with not one, but two Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM) in his head which is rare. As explained to us, this type of tumor could deprive him of the proper blood supply and oxygen to his heart and other organs. There was even the possibility of neurological setbacks. At the age of 4, we decided it was time for surgery. The “Year of Hell" soon followed.
There were a series of surgical procedures which included a biopsy and exploratory; then a tissue expander implanted as a large portion of his scalp was removed. For about 4 months, Troy had weekly injections in his head to inflate the expander. As painful as it was for him physically, it was emotionally torturing as a parent to hear your child cry out “please make them stop, daddy.” Trust me, when you experience something like that weekly with your kid, you pretty much make a lifelong pact to spoil him forever.
In October 2010, Troy had back-to-back surgeries days apart to remove the AVM, which has a 95% non-reoccurrence. With every visit, Children's was very accommodating and caring. They patiently explained everything to us and gave Troy reassurance. It's amazing to see the resources and technology they have available. They made us feel at home, even allowing me to lay in bed with him at nights. Their attention to detail and focus on kids is extraordinary. One of the highlights was him spending time in the Troy Aikman Zone with other patients.
Troy is extremely blessed to have access to such a facility, group of doctors and staff in Dallas. Today, he is living a life that didn't seem realistic years ago. He continues to visit Children's to monitor his condition and other health concerns. No condition is too little or too big for Children’s. Troy’s personality has been his greatest strength through his journey. He's an A/B student, perfect attendence every year until 6th grade (which devasted him, ha ha), been in Boy Scouts, karate, soccer, and basketball. Personally, it has been a privilege to coach his team for 3 years in soccer and 8+ years in basketball. He enjoyed his first year in band, and wants to continue in middle school. Children’s has given our family the opportunity to enjoy every precious moment with Troy, and allowed him the opportunity to impact others. He has a huge heart for people! For that, I am truly passionate for Children's and the world it helped create through Troy.
How YOU can make a difference --
Please consider supporting my efforts to raise over $1,000 again for my individual team by clicking the DONATE NOW button above to make a donation. Yes, 100% funds raised goes to Children's, by making at least a $25 donation or more. I am also challenging donors to consider matching my $100 donation. Even if you do not have a child going to Children's, chances are you know a child benefitting from Children's resources. Your support is appreciated!
What is the Red Balloon Run & Ride?
The Red Balloon Run & Ride is a family fun run and walk event for anyone to participate in and support Children's Health. This annual event is held at Children's Medical Center Plano. These funds go towards specialty programs, service, clinic, research department, and so much more at Children's. It is our passion for children that make a difference in their lives. Children's Health is private, not-for-profit, and is one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation, and the only level 1 trauma center for pediatrics in the Southwest. Children's has been recognized as one of the finest pediatric hospitals in the United States, receiving numerous awards.
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