Little Car Brings BIG Hope for Children


Smart Car Raffle to Benefit Ascension Seton Williamson’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinics

AUSTIN, Texas – (Feb. 8, 2013) – Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson is raffling a Smart Car to raise funds to enhance care for Williamson County children in need of occupational, physical and speech therapy.

Raffle proceeds will go toward new technology, specialty toys and other areas of greatest need for Ascension Seton Williamson’s Pediatric Rehabilitation clinics in Cedar Park, Round Rock and Pflugerville. The clinics serve thousands of Central Texas children each year from newborn to 18 years with varying abilities including athletic and trauma injuries, cerebral palsy, autism and food or sensory aversions.

“Our children deserve the latest tools and technology to enhance their rehabilitation, a need that is difficult to keep up with given our ever increasing patient volume,” said Danielle Owens, clinical manager for Ascension Seton Williamson rehab services.

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Growth in the clinics has been expansive. For example, in 2012, the Round Rock clinic alone had nearly 8,100 visits from Central Texas children (babies to 18 years old), a 30-percent increase from the prior year.

Technology like iPads or assisted learning devices, such as augmented communication devices and specialty toys like plasma bicycles build visual and cognitive skills and better coordination.

While two-year-old Cole Dennis undergoes treatment for a rare autoimmune condition known as opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome (OMS) affecting the neurological system due to a childhood cancer (neuroblastoma), his parents Christy and Keith Dennis sought the assistance of Ascension Seton Williamson’s clinic in Pflugerville to support their son’s development.

“With his condition, everything can be affected like walking issues or speech delays,” remarked Christy. “From the first day, I fell in love with the facility and the compassion of the therapists. I felt that he had a team of people advocating for him.”

Cole’s therapist brings in her personal iPad to enhance his treatment.

“An injury or condition developed at birth or from one traumatic episode can occur anytime and to anyone,” commented Donna Budak, executive director of the Ascension Seton Williamson Foundation. “We are grateful to Smart Center of Georgetown and the community for helping us to enhance our programs to help kids heal, cope, communicate and advance in their everyday activities.”

Smart Center – Mercedes Benz of Georgetown donated the Smart Car for the raffle. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100 and can be purchased by visiting or calling (512) 324-4090. A winner will be drawn on March 28, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson.