Seven years ago, my wife and I had to take our five week old daughter off of life support, by far the hardest and most painful decision of our life. Our daughter, Alle Shea, was born with the rare bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. At birth Alle Shea’s looked like a egg on the x-rays. She also had multiple in her arms and her , her legs, and her . The day Alle was leaving us, we were able to take her outside on the hospital and hold her in our arms until she passed away.
7年前，妻子和我給5周大的女兒停止了維持生命的治療。到目前為止，那是我們生活中最艱難、最痛苦的決定。我們的女兒Alle Shea出生時就患有罕見的骨骼疾病——成骨不全癥。出生時，Alle Shea的頭蓋骨在X光片上看起來就像有裂紋的雞蛋，胳膊、肋骨、腿和手腕多處骨折。Alle離開我們的那天，我們用醫院擔架把她帶出了醫院，把她抱在懷里直到她去世。
Now, we had two choices that day: we could have let the over take us, or we could take that grief and turn it into a positive. Since that day, my wife and I have worked volunteering our time hosting special events, and talking to students and the media about OI. We even contacted hospitals to try to get them on board with our cause - and this is the battle we are still fighting. Over the seven years, we have volunteered thousands of hours. February of 2015 we started OI Care for You program. We send animals to children with OI in the hospital for treatment, or home recovering from a break.
那天我們有兩個選擇：要么被悲傷擊倒，要么把傷痛化為動力。從那天起，妻子和我不知疲倦地利用所有時間舉辦特殊活動，和學生、媒體聊成骨不全癥的話題。我們甚至聯系醫院，想讓他們也加入我們，我們現在仍然在為此努力。過去的七年中，我們做了數千小時的志愿活動。2015年二月，我們啟動了OI Care for You這個項目。我們把毛絨玩具送給在醫院治療、做手術或骨折在家休養的患成骨不全癥的孩子們。
Each one brings a smile and comfort to a child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI).
We had OI families come from neighboring cities and towns and thank us for doing what we do and giving them another way to show support for a family member with OI.