Summer Fun with a Powerful Message
Kindering friends new and old came together to revel in a warm summer evening of fun and festivities for the second annual Night Out for Kindering on July 13th. Guests enjoyed tastings of Edgefield wines and McMenamins beers paired with a tasty assortment of curated tapas, all in a lush, sun-kissed garden terrace at the McMenamins Anderson School.
Kindering mother Teresa Brennan shared a powerful account of her family’s experience with Kindering. She recounted the fear and devastation felt by her and her husband Bryan when their newborn son needed to be resuscitated upon arrival. Brain swelling due to lack of oxygen in utero had resulted in a non-embolic stroke, causing significant brain damage. His prognosis was unclear, but Teresa and Bryan were told he might never walk, talk, or eat on his own.
She spoke about how self-referring to Kindering was the best choice her family could have made. She praised the exceptional range of services they received at Kindering, noting that for the first time she really felt like she was “part of the team” with regard to their son’s care. She celebrated his gains, stating that he has “made progress beyond his neurologists’ expectations and we owe it all to the amazing resources Kindering has been able to provide to us.”
Teresa’s speech set an inspiring tone for the evening, and guests generously reciprocated by funding Kindering scholarships, purchasing raffle tickets, and making general donations. These gifts directly support Kindering’s work and mission, in order to help ensure that more families like the Brennans have somewhere to turn in times of extraordinary crisis for hope, courage, and meaningful outcomes.