Dream, Dare, Deliver
I dare to dream and dream to deliver. This mindset led to the creation of VictoriaLand Beauty (VLB) and is an integral part of my most important role in life—mom to 4 amazing children ranging from toddler to grad student.
For those of you who are already BFF’s and/or read my story on this site, you know VictoriaLand is a fun, happy place. It’s a place where the sounds and sights of children being children are welcomed. While some call it the happiest place on earth, we call it “home.”
My children have their unique footprint in the world and in my heart. The joy and happiness that they bring into our home and children bring to the world at large is priceless—something we should honor, celebrate and support. This sentiment is the inspiration for VLB’s children’s health initiative—it’s a natural!
The Giving Back Program
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that there are 10-20 million children who suffer from chronic illness in the United States alone. These children need our help to ensure that they can dream, dare, deliver!
VictoriaLand Beauty proudly partners with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Dream Dare Deliver Program with a commitment of 2 % of sales. Our shared “vision” is to make seeing possible for children born visually impaired. Toward that end, VLB funds are designated to BCH’s Pediatric Ophthalmology Department, the largest in the country, in support of their life-changing efforts to identify new diagnostic paradigms and treatment modalities for visually impaired children.
My 18-month old son, Cyrus, is a child affected by a chronic illness. Cyrus was born visually impaired due to a genetic disease known as familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR). FEVR is a hereditary disorder that affects the retina with symptoms that include vision loss or blindness, retinal detachment and strabismus. Cyrus is impacted by all of these impairments.
We recently traveled to BCH, a Harvard Medical School affiliate that is ranked # 1 pediatric hospital by US News & World Report, to meet with Dr. Yoshihiro Yonekawa, the Director of Pediatric Retina Surgery at BCH, and his team to learn more about the disease, its impact on Cyrus’ current vision, the recommended treatment and the “vision” for the future.
The visit was invaluable—the knowledge, resources and recommended treatment protocol received from this amazing team empowered us with the hope that our dream for Cyrus to live a happy, fulfilling life can be a reality with or without full vision. We will continue to make semi-annual visits to BCH to monitor Cyrus’ situation, discuss further state-of-the-art treatments for FEVR and get updates on the DreamDareDeliver Campaign.
As noted in BCH’s campaign goal, with your help, we will dream, dare and deliver until every child is well. For more information on the campaign, click here.
Together we will make a meaningful difference in the lives of sick children and their families. Thank you for sharing my passion for this important cause!