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After nearly drowning at 17 months of age, Conrad and his family have proven that perseverance, hope and love can drastically change the outlook and outcome of one's life.

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Conrad Smiles supported the first research project to assess anoxic brain injury in pediatric non-fatal drowning cases. The study is lead by Dr. Peter Fox, founder and head of the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Research Imaging Institute in San Antonio. The study utilized a special type of MRI called resting state functional MRI. Dr. Fox and team analyzed the brain activity and patterns of connections to understand how these children’s brains are “working” compared to a child without injury.

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27 August 2016

27 August 2016
Once again the highlight of Conrad’s summer was CAMP.  I have sung the praises of Children’s Association for Maximum Potential’s camp program many times.  CAMP gives Conrad something that no other part of his care program can give – INDEPENDENCE. We send all kids to camp for them to learn how to survive and thrive away from home. CAMP is inte [...]

3 January 2016

3 January 2016
Happy New Year! Today we celebrate the anniversary of Conrad’s accident. We celebrate because he survived and because he continues to thrive. Conrad was only given a 5% chance of survival and the doctors did not have much hope for Conrad’s potential. Conrad not only survived, but continues to surpass doctor’s expectations. We also celebrat [...]

3 January 2015

Happy New Year!  Today we mark the anniversary of Conrad’s accident. It is his survivor date. In the community of non fatal drownings, our kids are called survivors. Conrad fully embodies this term used to describe people who continue to prosper despite setback. Through the years we have celebrated Conrad’s determination not only to recover, [...]

20 April 2014

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The weather this time of year is one reason many of us call San Antonio home. It is perfect for a bike ride.  Conrad’s accident happened when he was only 17 months old, so he was never able to experience the sensation of riding a bicycle…until now! A company called Freedom Concepts builds custom bikes that allow kids of all abilities to [...]

3 January 2014

Happy New Year!  Today we mark the anniversary of Conrad’s accident – the beginning that came so close to marking the end. Conrad not only survived, but continues to thrive, as those who interact with him can attest. In our journey to recovery, we have grown to understand the complexity of Conrad’s condition.  Although I never thought i [...]

28 November 2013

28 November 2013
Happy Thanksgiving! Isn’t it magnificent to have a holiday that reminds us to count our blessings and focus on what matters in our lives.  It is a day that unites us by the force of gratitude. In the last update, we shared that Conrad had just undergone SPML (Selective Percutaneous Myofascial Lengthening).  The minimally invasive procedure r [...]