A Message from Dan Patrick
Dear Loyal Be An Angel Friends,
2020 is a year that will do down in history! So many things have changed in the way we live and work. What has NOT changed are the special needs children we serve.
Here are a few of their stories:
Logan may have started life with a few obstacles to overcome, but that has not stopped this energetic 4-year old from enjoying life! Logan was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which is the development of multiple joint contractures affecting two or more areas of the body. A contracture occurs when a joint becomes permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position, which can impact the function and range of motion of the joint.
The Efix adaptation on his wheelchair allows Mom and Dad to easily remove the battery component of the wheelchair and still be able to load his chair into the family vehicle for appointments, school and outings as a family. For Logan and his family, a wheelchair that could be loaded into the family vehicle has been life-changing! Wheelchairs are one of our most requested pieces of equipment needed.
Dalton is an 18-month-old who would prefer to be active and mobile but does not have the
muscle tone or body management to move or sit independently. Born with malformations of the brain
which cause uncontrollable severe seizures, Dalton has a tough road ahead of him. Unless he is held,
he is unable to be an integral part of his family. The Firefly GoTo Seat is a life saver for Dalton and his
family. This specialized chair is lightweight and can go with him everywhere his family goes. It supports
his head, neck and trunk and allows him to be upright with a new view of the world. Insurance deems this equipment medically unnecessary.
Imagine being in a busy classroom of peers and not being able to hear conversations or instructions clearly. For years, children with a hearing loss have dealt with the loss of social interaction along with frustration in the learning environment and at home. When they went home for spring break, many of our angels with school loaners were unable to have their hearing aids and have spent months in isolation. Life for our most vulnerable children has been difficult but we are hopeful the months ahead will give them some relief.
These inspiring stories move our hearts. These children are the recipients of your generosity and continue to be the bright spots in uncertain times. A gift from you especially this year, bring hope to those limited income families whose lives have been turned upside down. Please consider being a “life changer” through Be An Angel most especially during these difficult times. We do not know what the future for these children will look like, but one thing remains certain. With every bit of God’s given strength in us, we must do all we can to meet the children’s needs while doing our part to keep them safe. For over 30 years Jan and I have made it part of our Thanksgiving/Christmas tradition to give to Be An Angel. It is a blessing for us and it will be a blessing for you and the several thousand special needs children you impact. Thank you for your consideration.
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