The annual Lillian R. Weil Award to a Parent Who Makes a Difference was presented to Lloyd Vassell March 29, 2005 at the 91st annual Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland Board of Directors meeting.
Vassell arrived at Children's in 1995 when his son Christian was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Both Christian and his younger brother Taylor were later diagnosed with autism. Through it all, Vassell has been a determined and committed advocate for his children. He even changed careers so he could be more available to meet their needs.
"Lloyd is the personification of a remarkable parent," said Ekua Hackney-Stephens, RN, PNP, who nominated Lloyd for the honor and introduced him to the gathering. "His love and devotion have helped his sons grow far beyond what is usually expected of children with special needs."