Thursday, March 28, 2013

MEET OUR BOARD - Dawn Torrence Williamson, President & Founder

Dawn M. Williamson
Dawn Torrence Williamson

Dawn is the mom of Shane Torrence (1/28/93-9/11/99). Shane was born with left-sided CDH, ASD, hypospadius, pulmonary sequestration, descended testes, and multiple other birth defects. Shane spent his first 10 months in the PICU at Duke University Medical Center and many more hospitalizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He had a trach for 3 years while he was on a ventilator for 2 years and oxygen for 2 and a half years. He also had a Mic-Key feeding tube, hearing aids, oral aversions, developmental delays and textile aversions. He suffered multiple complications including 6 CDH repairs, pulmonary hypertension, blindness for a year, hearing impairment, Cerebral Palsy, multiple blood infections and pneumonia and was lost to a very rare case of gastropleural fistula at age 6 and a half.

Dawn is also the founder and President of CHERUBS.  Having volunteered for 16 years until she quit her job as a web designer and graphic artist to become CHERUBS first full-time employee in 2011.  Dawn works out of CHERUBS international headquarters in Wake Forest, North Carolina with 3 office volunteers; Shanon, Holly and Vicki.

She is married to Craig, and they have 2 boys; 17-yr-old twins Braden and Garret. Going back to school to learn more about how to help our charity, she has a 4.0 in college while taking such courses as Biology, Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Business, Web Development, Public Speaking and more. She also is very active in her local community, belonging to several business and civic organizations as well as her local church.

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