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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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Research Updates

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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16 July 2013

There is still half of summer left!  We hope you enjoyed the first part.  Here are a few highlights of ours.  Thank you for your steadfast interest in and support of Conrad’s recovery. The research study has officially moved to the analysis phase! If you recall, the study utilizes a special type of brain imaging called resting state functiona [...]

29 May 2013

29 May 2013
Over 44 years ago, Eunice Kennedy Shriver had a vision to help people with disabilities discover what they can do instead of dwelling on what they could not do.  Her first step came in the form of a summer camp for young people in her own backyard.  Her drive for opportunity eventually grew into the Special Olympics movement, now the world [...]

9 – 12 March 2013

Conrad was back at CAMP “Camp” for Spring Break.  CAMP stands for Children’s Association for Maximum potential.  You can refer to the June 28th update to read more of my praise for this organization and the volunteers they attract.  I would like you to meet Abby:     Howdy, my name is Abby Dickerson and I’m [...]

3 January 2013

3 January 2013
Today is the anniversary of Conrad’s accident.  9 years and 53 “Conrad updates” later, we continue to celebrate his life and continued progress. If you read/re-read our January posts from 2005-2012, you will notice a trend: Gratitude for his life (he was given only a 5% chance of survival) Celebration of the successes Intentions for the futu [...]

31 October 2012

The research study has begun! Since we first announced the pending research study in our January update, the number 1 question has been: “When will it start?”  We are so glad to now answer: “It Has!” As a reminder, Dr. Peter Fox of the UT Health Science Center agreed to lead the FIRST research project to address brain injury in child near-dro [...]

19 October 2012

19 October 2012
Sam is Conrad’s best friend.  I know this because Sam told me and I can tell by how Conrad responds to Sam that Conrad agrees.  Sam has been a steady influence in Conrad’s recovery since they first met over 4 years ago.   I am honored to share an article penned by Sam that was published in the St. Luke’s newsletter: EVERYONE [...]