6:00 pm –9:00 pm
Fountain Court Between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom
Enjoy an Evening of Holiday Fashions • Shopping Incentives • DJ • Cocktails &Light Hors d’oeuvres
Guests of the event will have a chance to win luxury holiday presents featuring gifts from Tiffany &Co. just in time for your holiday gift list.
Any guest with receipts totaling more than $200 will also receive a $20 gift card to The Shops at La Cantera,while supplies last.
Tickets: minimum donation of $40
100% of ticket proceeds benefit ConradSmiles.
More about ConradSmiles:
ConradSmiles is a not for profit supporting research to improve the understanding and treatment of Anoxic Brain Injury.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children 1-4. As first response and intensive care procedures advance,the number of children who survive will inevitably increase. Non fatal drowning results in Anoxic Brain Injury,diffuse brain injury due to lack of oxygen. The range of injury varies significantly from child to child,with islands of preserved function distributed more or less randomly.
Unless the child walks away unharmed,families are not given much hope or guidance. If the brain injury is severe (as in Conrad’s case),families are encouraged to institutionalize their child or even worse to withdraw care. The prevailing thought is that recovery is too difficult if not impossible. The child’s life is saved only to give him or her a death sentence.
Families that aim to defy the odds are left to their own to devises to manage the care of their child. We are provided with very limited guidance as to how to promote brain function recovery. Most encouragement comes in the form of “Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst”.
But we have demonstrated that recovery is possible. We have children who have learned to move on their own,smile and interact with family and friends.
Doctors are starting to acknowledge that varying degrees of recovery are possible. However,Anoxic Brain Injury is an understudied condition.
Our mission is to drive the medical community to provide comprehensive information with a focus on treatments and interventions that promote a healthy and productive life for these kids. We partnered with another not for profit called Hope4JD to develop a non fatal drowning registry and network. Our immediate goal is to register ALL non fatal drownings to help quantify the impact of the condition and give power to our voice.
We are also supporting the first research project to assess anoxic brain injury in pediatric non fatal drowning cases. The study is led by Dr. Peter Fox,founder and head of the UT Health Science Center’s Research Imaging Institute in San Antonio,Texas and involves a special type of MRI called resting state functional MRI. The research is looking to find patterns and understand how the brain is “working” compared to a child without injury.
We are focused on helping every child with Anoxic Brain Injury due to non fatal drowning accident achieve their maximum potential–no limits!