Every expectant mother dreams of having the "perfect" baby. After years of struggling to conceive, my husband
and I were thrilled to be expecting twin girls, but on May 8, 2005, the day our twins were born, that dream was shattered.
Brooke was born without complications, and would be what anyone would consider the "perfect" baby. Her twin sister,
however, was not so fortunate. Sydney was born with a condition known as Treacher Collins, her face looks different than you and
I. In those first agonizing hours after your child is born, you would give anything to "fix" their deficiencies and
make them "perfect". As time goes by, the recognition of their physical differences fade and in its place you see a
beautiful smile, a sweet spirit, and a fun and happy personality. It is then that you realize that you did have the
"perfect" child. I know Sydney has a purpose, and I am honored to be her mother. Together, our mission is to educate
the public and increase acceptance of children with differences. These children are just like every other child. Although they
may look, talk or walk different, they still have the same desires, to be loved, accepted and to act & be treated like any other
"normal" individual. Due to their conditions, these children must endure so many unavoidable hardships in life. The way they are
treated & accepted by society is yet another issue in their already complicated lives. I believe through education, our society
will become more aware, knowledgeable & accepting of these precious children, & make their lives just a little easier. Please
help us and talk with your children, friends and family members. By educating those in your circle, you will be helping enrich
the lives of these special children.
A portion of our sales are donated to our friends from:
"What is that?" "Do you hear that?" she said again when no answer came for her first question. "Its that
little girl with the headband, her shoes are squeaking! How cute is that?"
That is a conversation I heard one day when a parent noticed my daughters squeaky shoes. "How adorable" she
had said. My daughter, Sydney, has Treacher Collins Syndrome and this was the next topic of our conversation.
After thanking her for asking, I ended up telling the story of my twin daughters first trip to Disney Land. I
remember how cute they looked that day with their headbands and squeaky shoes on.
They were given
those squeaky shoes as a gift from a friend of mine. At the park they drew so much attention from the
people around them admiring their headbands, squeaky shoes, and accessories that I had an idea. The
idea was to make it my mission to educate the public and increase acceptance of children with differences. One of
the most valuable ways this is done is supporting our friends at the Treacher Collins Connection and CCA kids. A
portion of all of our squeaky shoe, headband, and accessory sales goes to these wonderful