Sandra Perez is probably one of the cutest and smartest little 12-year-old girls you will ever come across. Little Sandra, was born with Spinal Bifida Hydrocephalus, a condition where the spinal column fails to develop properly resulting in damage to the spinal cord and the nervous system. The hydrocephalus condition requires a shunt to drain excess fluid from the brain, usually for life.
In October 2020, Muriel's Angels, with support from Aero Mobility gifted a customized van for the Santos Family. Maria and Samantha Santos both suffer from Muscular Dystrophy and are confined to their wheelchairs. Their new van is equipped for both wheelchairs.
Andre was a previously healthy and vibrant 3 year old boy who enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, watching Stephen Curry, and watching Paw Patrol until he caught the flu and it caused swelling on his brain causing him to develop Acute Necrotizing Encephalapthy which is very rare and not very common. Andre is one of the first African American cases of this nasty disease caused from the influenza virus. This disease has a very high mortality rate only 30% of people survive and were blessed to say Andre is part of the 30%!!!!!!! Andre spent 11 days in Valley Children's PICU and 2 months in rehab. Due to his illness Andre cant eat food by mouth currently and has a G-tube, he is also unable to walk and almost completely non ambulatory so I have to lift him and his wheel chair in and out of the car EVERYDAY multiple times a day because we have multiple appointments each week.
The family was attempting to raise money to get a wheelchair accessible van so that they did not have to lift Andre in and out of the car. Andre weighs 50 plus pounds and a wheelchair-accessible van would take a real load off of the family and help make things more accessible when transporting him. Muriel’s Angels stepped in and provided Andre and his family with the needed wheelchair accessible van. See the links below for the news coverage.
Riley was an 11 year old child who was the impetus for forming Muriel's Angels. He he was born with DiGeorge Syndrome (Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome), a combination of very severe heart defects called Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia and Major Aorto Pulmonary Collateral Arteries, end stage kidney failure, and multiple other medical issues. Unfortunately Riley passed away in 2018. His legacy lives on through Muriel's Angels. For more information about Riley and his family please follow their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PrayersforRileyCole/
Testimonial Riley's Family
Okay guys, we have had some exciting news to share, but we have been trying to keep quiet until we knew that it was definitely happening. With all of the terrible things going on in this world, here, let me restore your faith in humanity. Riley's Dad made friends with this wonderful man through work, who uses a wheelchair like Riley. They got to talking about Riley and all of his challenges and this amazing and selfless man, along with a group of his friends, decided to get together, working with a company that provides wheelchair accessible vans and donate this van to Riley and our family. It is fully wheelchair accessible, and equipped with a ramp and tie downs for Riley's wheelchair. This is going to be life changing for us, as Riley is getting pretty difficult to lift and move around. We get to go and pick up the van tomorrow! God bless these incredible people who came together to do this for us!
Logan is a developmentally delayed, wheelchair reliant boy with hypotonia and seizures. He lacks a specific diagnosis as to the cause of the seizures and delay other than a portion of his brain being underdeveloped. He attends Hope School. His family was unable to pay for a specially adapted wheelchair. Muriel's Angels was able to provide the needed funds to Logan's family to improve his quality of life.
From Logan's Mom
My son Logan desperately needed a wheelchair that fit him properly. Even with private insurance, the deductible costs related to purchasing or modifying a chair were too overwhelming. John and his team at Muriel’s Angels were able to provide the aid to make the modifications possible. Not only were they willing to assist with the related funds, but they were persistent in helping Logan in any way possible to get him what he needed. They were continually prompt and responsive throughout the difficult process of dealing with the wheelchair company and the insurance. It is such a blessing to have been put in contact with this spectacular organization that is committed to helping those who cannot help themselves.
Zachary is an 18 year old child who is wheel chair dependent. His mother Debbie has been caring for him for many years. She has been lifting and transporting him in a vehicle that was not wheel chair accessible. Muriel's Angels was able to provide this family a Christmas gift of a wheel chair accessible van. This van will improve Zachary and Debbie's quality of life.
I am filled with gratitude that Muriel's Angel's was able to provide an accessible van with a ramp for my son Zachary's transportation. I was unable to afford such a van because State and Federal funding does not apply for a van purchase. It was a blessing when I received a call from Hope School informing me that a charity, Muriel's Angels, could possibly help in providing me, at no cost, the van I needed for Zachary's transportation. The organization worked with me over several weeks while I tried to overcome several hurdles and even driving the van several times to North Orange County to accommodate my schedule. I feel as though God has answered my prayers. Thank you John and the Board and with much gratitude I sincerely hope you charity has continued success helping families who have similar needs,
Debbie and Zachary