Today, I celebrate my 70th birthday! I am so grateful for another decade spent with my family, friends and all of you! As I was nearing this personal milestone, I have been spending a lot of time reflecting on years past and quickly realized that, in many ways, I have had the privilege of growing up with Texas Children’s.
When I look back on the last 70 years, there are countless people and memories that I am immensely thankful for:
• First and foremost, my wonderful parents who taught me at a young age to have a vision for my life. They raised and supported me through every high and every low — and it brings me the greatest joy to know that I made them proud.
• My wife, Shannon, who is without a doubt, the strongest woman I have ever met. She continues to inspire me every day and I am a better person because of her.
• My many incredible mentors, colleagues and friends who selflessly helped mold and influence the man I am today.
• And of course, my One Amazing Team — all of you have made such a tremendous difference in my life and witnessing your unwavering commitment and heartfelt passion for our patients is what keeps me going on the toughest days.
I was 36 years old on my very first day at Texas Children’s. I can still remember walking the halls, meeting my new team and feeling a sense of pride, excitement and joy — it’s the same feeling I get when I walk the halls today at 70 years old.
The decision to step into this role was by far one of the best choices I made in my life. In recent years, I often get the question, “did you ever think that Texas Children’s would become what it is today?” While I knew from day one that we were destined for greatness, my honest answer is no. How could I have ever imagined the phenomenal accomplishments that we would achieve together and the exponential reach we now have as an organization? It was back then — and still is today — truly unimaginable.
I am incredibly proud to say that I have grown up with Texas Children’s — and I am blessed to continue growing alongside all of you! And as I celebrate my 70th birthday, I can honestly say that all of my birthday wishes have come true.