Lane had a great endocrinology appointment yesterday. He is in the 50th percentile for weight and height. The endocrinologist shined his doctor’s light into Lane’s eyes and Lane reached out and grabbed it from him! Oh it was wonderful!! He also had a fun Halloween dressed up as Woody from the movie Toy Story. His sister was in character as Monster High’s, Skelita. Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween as well. Have a great Friday everybody!
With butterflies in my stomach as I write, I am so happy to say that Lane has taught himself echolocation. He has begun clicking with his mouth to let the soundwaves bounce off objects to know where objects, walls and people are. Much like dolphins and bats. We have heard him clicking lately around the house and yesterday his Orientation and Mobility specialist also stated that she observed him do it as well. She said that they walked into his classroom, he made a clicking sound and was able to tell that there was no one else in the room, as he hung his cane up on the wall. What an extradinary little boy he is. I know that soon there will be nothing that this child cannot do that we all can. Please watch the video below. It is about a boy named Ben who lost his sight at 2 years of age. I had seen his story years ago, before I had children and it had touched my heart and always stayed with me. Who would have thought that one day I would have a brilliant child so much like him? Simply put, amazing!
The kids had a great first week back to school! This is Lane’s first full year in PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities). He has a great team of teachers/specialists that work with him for about 2 hours a day, Monday through Friday mornings. He will be receiving visually impaired services, speech therapy, occupational therapy and orientation and mobility services. As you can see in the pictures below, he sure is growing up fast…still just as sweet as pure sugar, just like his big Sissy!
Recently we visited with Lane’s neuro-ophthalmologist and discussed Lane’s medical treatment further. She advised us to take Lane to Boston to be evaluated by Dr. Joseph Rizzo, the Director of the Neuro-Opthomology Department at Harvard Medical School, who specializes in optic nerve research. After very thoughtful consideration, we have decided to take Lane to Boston to see Dr. Rizzo in the spring of 2014. Always in search for options for our son, we’re hopeful that Dr. Rizzo can help shed some light on what’s new or the next step for Lane. Just to have the best of the best evaluate our son, is a wonderful opportunity!
Through your generous donations and our Casino Night Benefit that we held earlier this year, we have raised enough funds to make the trip. The 5k Race and Fun Run that we had planned for Decemeber has now been postponed until we have a further need to raise funds.
We will continue to keep the website updated on Lane’s progress as he begins his first full year of school. As always, thank you so much for keeping precious Lane in your thoughts. We ask that you please keep Lane and the Yochum family in your prayers.
God Bless you all!
Thank you to everyone who has been here for Lane. As always, we are very grateful for all your help. This month he has gotten some very cool letters of support and gifts. On the last day of school, Mackenzie came home with even more donations…thank you so much staff! My dear friend, Randi mailed Lane a very cool light toy that lights up the entire room and everything in it. And, friends in College Station gathered acorns from The Century Tree and sold them to Aggieland in Lane’s honor. One sprouted and they are growing a tree to give him someday. How wonderful! Thank you again, everyone, for all the love.
Feeling exceptionally blessed today. Mackenzie’s school, teachers and students are raising money for her little brother. Today she came home with over $100 in cash and jar filled with change….and that was just from the 3rd grade! Mackenzie told me that her teacher had her go around to all the Kinder and 1st grade classrooms today to handout flyers (that her teacher made) to the students and to speak a little about her brother. She even said that Lane’s picture and story was up on the big screens in the classrooms. How thoughtful is her teacher? She started this on her own just because and she involved the whole school. And all those sweet children who went home to their parents with Lane’s story wanting to help. There just aren’t enough words that truly express our gratitude. So many great people in this world. Thank you, Stuebing Ranch Elementary, Mrs. Elizondo, teachers and students for being so thoughtful and helping Lane reach his goal. ♥ ♥ ♥
Thank you to all who came out and volunteered their time this past Saturday, attended the event, donated items, spent money and especially those who attended this event for the 2nd time. We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you, your generosity and your thoughtfulness. We had a wonderful time having you all! We raised right around $8000….a great way to kick off Lane’s Fight For Sight! We are now about one third of the way to our goal.
A special thank you to Anthony Pedrotti (Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch) for hosting Lane’s event, Gerald Hoffman (Gerald’s Casino Parties) for lending the casino tables, the set-up and break down crew and all who volunteered to work this event. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A Texas Hold ‘em Tournament and Casino Night Benefit will be held for Lane this April 6th to aid his Fight For Sight! Our last Casino Night Benefit was a huge success and a ton of fun! This time we plan on making it bigger and better! Same location- bigger building! Come have fajitas with us, and then have fun playing your game of choice in the Casino. Blackjack, Roulette, Craps or Texas Hold ‘em Poker. There will be prizes for the Casino, 1st and 2nd place prizes for the Poker Tournament, Door Prizes, a Silent Auction and a Cash Bar!
Come prepared for a fun night and bring a friend or two with you! Wear your Lane’s Search For Sight t-shirt and wristband if you have one and at the end of the night we will take a group picture.
Please help us get the word out about Lane’s event. We hope to get Lane back overseas for more treatment by the end of the summer. As always, thank you for helping us give our son the gift of sight!
Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch
13715 FM 1560 N, Helotes, TX 78023
1604 and Hausman Road
Saturday, April 6th
Doors open at 6:30pm
Casino Opens at 7:30pm