He faced medical procedures, including both brain surgery and eye surgery, and he lost hearing and sight in one of his eyes. However, the fear and grueling procedures aren’t what Eric remembers most about the months after he was diagnosed with Anaplastic Grade III Ependymoma. He remembers the voluntary kindness friends, families, neighbors, and even strangers showed him and how it helped him find his voice.
The coming together of so many different people, all with the same goal of showing support, transformed his perspective on life and inspired him to pay it forward. Today, as Eric continues treatments and battles complications, he’s more excited than ever to help other struggling kids find their voice.
While some children battle critical pediatric illness, others face challenges such as bullying and abuse in their schools and homes. In addition to the immediate harm it causes, these difficult experiences can cause long-term emotional suffering.
It is Eric’s dream that other kids who experience difficult situations receive the same kindness he received at one of the most vulnerable times of his life. He started the movement, “Give a Child a Voice” to engage the community and get children the help they need so positive change is possible. His dream and movement are becoming a reality thanks to the work being done through his foundation.
The T.E.K. Foundation CC, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and influencing positive change in children’s lives throughout communities across the United States.