Fam­ily with health is­sues seek­ing help so they can go on va­ca­tion

Fa­ther, daugh­ter have ge­netic dis­or­der; they need taxi vouch­ers, math tu­tor­ing.

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - By Rick Cantu rcantu@states­man.com ASH­LEY LAN­DIS / FOR AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN Car­ing B A10. com­mu­nity@states­man.com. Page

Tim Far­rell looks for­ward to the day he takes his fam­ily on a va­ca­tion.

Far­rell talks about vis­it­ing fam­ily in Ken­tucky. His wife, Suzanne, said her dream is to go to a beach. Daugh­ter Aubrey has voiced her vote for Dis­ney World.

The lo­ca­tion isn’t that im­por­tant. Far­rell’s heath has kept the fam­ily from mak­ing travel plans dur­ing Suzanne and Tim Far­rell’s 10 years of mar­riage.

Tim has Mar­fan syn­drome, a ge­netic dis­or­der of the con­nec­tive tis­sue.

Peo­ple with the syn­drome tend to be un­usu­ally tall, with long limbs and long, thin fin­gers.

Aubrey, 9, was di­ag­nosed with Mar­fan three years ago. At 4-foot-11 and 51 pounds, she is not per­mit­ted to do some ex­er­cises and likely will re­quire ma­jor heart surgery by the time she is 18.

The Far­rells are part of the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man’s Sea­son for Car­ing pro­gram, which high­lights the needs of 12 fea­tured fam­i­lies and helps hun­dreds of oth­ers just like them through area non­profit agen­cies. The Far­rells were nom­i­nated by Won­ders & Wor­ries.

The Far­rells’ chal­lenge is to be pre­pared at all times for pos­si­ble health set­backs. Tim Far­rell is not al­lowed to drive a car un­til he has more strength, which he hopes is soon. For more in­for­ma­tion on Sea­son for Car­ing, call 445-3590 or email

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Tim Far­rell and his daugh­ter, Aubrey, choose a book to read in their home. The two have Mar­fan syn­drome. Aubrey, 9, likely will need heart surgery by the time she is 18.

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