Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Walk Now for Autism...

The countdown to this weekend has been long, but worth the wait! Saturday was the first ever Autism Speaks: Walk Now for Autism in Tennessee! The best part of this great cause is that our blogging beauty Leigh Ann and her sweet husband Derek made the trip all the way to Tennessee from their home in Arkansas to participate in the walk and visit for the weekend (more on that later!).

Megan, Lauren, and myself signed up to help with the walk after hearing a woman speak at one of our Junior League meetings and we were so excited about it we decided we would not only volunteer, but actually start a walk team in honor of our friend, Leigh Ann's son who has autism.

Here is sweet Evan! We've never met him in person, but we sure do love this boy!

So Saturday was the big day for the walk! We were so excited to not only meet our goal of $1000, but to exceed our goal, coming in with a grand total of $1,115.00!!!! The walk was so exciting as over $160,000 was raised!!!

Here we are in our green shirts working registration (Moo, myself, and La). You know any time the three of us are together it's a good time... so even though we were working, a little on the warm side, and anxiously awaiting Leigh Ann and Derek's arrival, we had a blast laughing and cutting up as we worked!

After working registration for a little bit, Web and Vance showed up to walk with us! Vance was SOOOOO cute in his little "For the Love of Evan" shirt!!!!

Then, instead of texting when they arrived Leigh Ann and Derek snuck up behind and surprised us at the registration table. Let's just say there was a lot of squealing and hugging and we got some strange looks from all the others at the registration table, but we did not care!!!!

Here are all four of us in our shirts!!!! There were lots of teams with custom shirts, but I thought ours were the cutest (thanks La for designing them!!)

Here we are walking the track with our team Evan signs! It was a really warm, sunny day, but there was a nice breeze too! Perfect day for a walk!!

Overall, it was a perfect morning and I thought the walk was a HUGE success!! If you would like to know more about Autism Speaks, the walk, or other aspects of Autism awareness and research, you can visit the following website!


Stay tuned... I'll be back to post about the rest of our amazing weekend with our new FABULOUS friends from Arkansas!


Megan L Hutchings said...

My dear Meag! I am not sure why but I have been teary eyed off and on all day just thinking about how incredible this weekend truly was!

I had so much fun at the walk and being part of the amazing team! I am so thankful that I have friends who are passionate about making a difference!


I still can't believe we actaully met Leigh Ann and Derek...WOW!

Leigh Ann said...

What a FANTASTIC weekend. Meag, we had THE best time. I'm so glad we were able to come to TN to do the walk and to visit with you girls. Seriously, just when I thought I couldn't possibly love you three any more, now I do! It feels like I've known you for 10 years! I really hope we can get together again really, really soon. You are just precious to me! Love and hugs!

Lindsay said...

Alright you guys - stop all the lovey dovey stuff...you're making me get that lump in my throat. I think it's awesome that you did the walk, not to mention all the work you put into it. I think it's a great cause...as I said - I have two nephews who have autism. So thank you on behalf of all families who are affected by autism. You guys are awesome.