Meet Our Angels
Take a moment to meet some of the children we have been able to help through our programs and services.
‘Typical teen’ describes Uriel!
He is social, engaging, loves healthy competition and has thoughts and opinions on many things!
Born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, he faces many challenges that will have lifelong impact.
Uriel uses a manual wheelchair for mobility and requires support of his sister, brother-in-law and mother to accomplish day to day tasks many take for granted.
Camp Aranzazu was a place that allowed Uriel to flourish as he conquered
fear and pushed forward to meet all the challenges in each new activity.
The smiles he shared and confidence he demonstrated through each successful adventure help us know he is well on his way to becoming a self-determined young man with tenacity and a “can do” attitude.
This dynamic father/daughter duo is a model of smiling through adversity.
Kelcie is a vivacious 9 year old with a smile a big as Texas.
She was born with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy and relies on a wheelchair for mobility. When her manual wheelchair was to be replaced by a power chair to promote independence, it became clear a van with a lift would become necessary for the family.
The partial van conversion support from Be An Angel allows Kelcie to independently maneuver her wheelchair into the van and has been a Godsend for her dad.
This spirited family is learning a new normal with the tools that allow them to be fully engaged in their community.
Jocelyn can be described as a go getter and is on the move. Born with Titin Myopathy (a disorder that impacts muscle tone) and identified with autism and developmental delays, she faces ongoing therapy and specialized instruction to promote ambulation, independence and learning.
Though her therapy targets mobility and balance, she cannot ambulate independently YET and strollers used for infants and toddlers lack durability necessary for continuous use.
The family unit, including an older sister, is active in the community and make the most of every opportunity for their daughter. The hope for Jocelyn is that she will eventually be walking independently.
The adapted stroller provided through Be An Angel allows the family to safely transport her to and around school, therapy and out into the community while holding out hope that she will become a confident
walker down the road.
Tony is a TYPICAL 10 year old in many ways! Born with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, he currently relies on a wheelchair for mobility.
Tony loves learning, being around his friends and staying active and his teachers applaud his commitment to education and attitude when given any task.
Though he uses a wheelchair at school, his family and therapists suggested the use of a gait trainer to promote movement, exercise, endurance and to enhance social interactions with his peers. When Tony stands supported by the gait trainer, he is now at eye level with his peers and is getting exercise daily.
Tony exudes enthusiasm and is a perfect ambassador for Be An Angel. He is not likely to give anything less than his best and the gift of a gait trainer assures this young man will be an active participant with his peer group and within his community.
Imagine being in a busy room of 3rd graders and not being able to hear conversation or instruction clearly. That is what Kenisha experienced prior to receiving her hearing aids.
Her hearing loss impacted her interest in social interaction with her peers, caused frustration in the learning environment and impacted her ability to respond to family members including 5 active siblings at home.
Now aided, Kenisha is adjusting to learning to listen to discreet sounds and engage in quiet conversations she previously missed.
Life for this vivacious 9-year-old has changed dramatically and she cherishes the opportunity to share secrets with her friends and siblings and participate fully in school with confidence.
Collin has an infectious laugh, and a profound ability to make the most of every opportunity to be independent. He demonstrates fearlessness when faced with new adventures. The adapted car provided for his use allows him to participate actively in hallway transitions, PE and recess with his peers and gives him a sense of freedom not otherwise found through his mobility in his wheelchair.
Learning takes on many forms and is most successful when there is engagement and joy. Using what some may see as a toy, Collin practices his switch use, following directions, and awareness of his environment, all skills he will need as he transitions at some point to a power wheelchair. Be An Angel delivered the adapted car to Collin and in turn he blessed us with smiles, laughter and a remarkable sense of accomplishment.
Kindergarten is the beginning of lifelong learning through play, interaction and instruction.
For Brayan, a moderate-severe sensorineural hearing loss in one ear meant having difficulty localizing to sounds, hearing the teacher in a busy classroom and being able to discriminate conversations that occur naturally in an early childhood setting.
The hearing aid has supported Brayan across all settings and has set him up to participate fully in classroom activities and learning opportunities.
Through the generosity of Be An Angel donors, Brayan proudly wears his hearing aid and is on a course for life success in and out of the classroom.
The Villarreal family was doubly blessed when twins arrived a few weeks early. Celeste and Victor were born 1 minute apart.
Complications with delivery due to a prolapsed umbilical cord and subsequent loss of oxygen during delivery set a course for the family that was both unexpected and challenging.
Through each challenge this young family steps up, develops strategies to support and nurture the sibling pair and provides a role model for parenting under pressure with praise and determination.
Camp Aranzazu gave the family a break from the day to day routine, and a unique chance to explore mother nature with full support of a caring, energetic staff. Each moment was filled with adventure and allowed these intuitive siblings a chance to participate in new activities side by side. It was a blessing to watch the family relax and the smiles emerge through the weekend.