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Old 12-24-2011, 06:11 PM   #27
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Austin Serrano has made a journal update:

Merry Christmas

We have had a rough couple weeks but everything is alright now. Make a Wish foundation has asked us to write a little about our story so I just want to this with everyone.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank you for all of your supports for our son throughout the past 2 years!

Austin Nathaniel Serrano born on Valentine's Day in 2008, was born a happy baby.This boy would find delight in every day, in every situation, handling everything in life with a smile and unforced laughter.Little did we know that this attitude would become a lesson in life for the rest of us.

Austin is the fountain of joy in our lives.Every sound he makes, every time he laughs, every time he carries an ordinary object as if itís his best friend, everything about him makes us happy.How unfathomable it was then, to be told that the unthinkable was upon him, and that it was very real.

They are emotions so profound that your life is permanently transformed.On August 25, 2009, we had to endure the searing heart pain of being told our beautiful boy actually had very advanced tumors in both eyes.With no time to react or even begin to grasp the reality at hand, a retinal specialist told us that the eyes would have to be removed to preserve his life.

No words can describe the feelings of that moment.

Austin had Bilateral Retinoblastoma.This is a rare cancer affecting the retina, and Austin's prognosis was not good that he would keep any vision due to the extent of the disease.We were told that the first priority is to save life.We were faced with a life threatening, life altering diagnosis that may ultimately leave our only son blind with possible future secondary cancers.Austin fought cancer fiercely for two long years. Austin has since lost both eyes and is permanently blind.

One of the puzzling things in life is that in the darkest part of life we discover the most incredible people.The Make-a-Wish Foundation would be one of those remarkable heroes that have become part of our life.Our son's wish was what one might not expect from a typical toddler Ö a piano.Not just any piano, but one that Austin could fall in love with and enjoy all his life.

Austin has been listening to classical music since he was born every night at bed time.Austin wished for the piano so that his inner music could be heard!Austin wish has been granted, and now Austin has a magnificent piano he enjoys every single day and it's clear that this is a gift that will last a lifetime.Even though Austin can't see and is only 3, he has remarkable hearing and has demonstrated an affinity for music and an uncanny ability to recognize every key in a piano.

The most remarkable detail about Austin is that throughout all his treatment, and even after losing his sight, Austin remains exactly the same: happy every single day, takes every event with a smile and genuine laughter.Life tried its worst on Austin, and he remains undaunted.

Thank you Make-a-Wish, for the real joy you have brought to us and to every day in Austin's life.


Carlos & Christine Serrano
Austinís Parents
Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
America will only be the land of the free so long as it is the home of the Brave
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