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PROJECT MARIPOSA :: {AUGUST RECAP} GRANTS #63-66

September 01, 2012 by Victoria Strong

Each week we announce the Project Mariposa grant recipients on our Facebook fan page. Meet the amazing Project Mariposa August recipients. We know you will be moved by their increidble stories:

{WEEK TWENTY SEVEN} Grantee #63: Callum Robbins, Maryland :: "Callum was diagnosed with SMA at 7 months of age. He is now 6 and we all feel so lucky to be together. Cal has SMA1 and is very strong considering. He is attending school part time and while it's going really well, it is difficult for him to keep up with the work due to needing so much time out for illness. An iPad would enable him to visit his school remotely when well enough at home, but too sick to go to school. His world could open up hugely, education wise, with a piece of gear like this. Also for him, personally, to be able to do something independently is something above and beyond anything we'd ever have imagined for him. Callum was lucky enough to have the use of an iPad in our home for a short while (thanks to a kind friend), however he no longer has that privilege. It was amazing to watch him skip around the new world that had opened up for him on such an amazing piece of computer equipment. While Cal had the iPad at home, he spent a lot of time trying different aps for both games and more educational sites. He LOVES google maps and spent much time "traveling" across the world, through the oceans and over the mountains. He (with our help) started an email account and was able to communicate with one of his cousins in the UK. He loves space and wants to be an astronaut. He also is obsessed with robots and dreams of having his own one day to help him when he needs help." Congratulations Callum. We hope your new iPad opens your adventurous world even further!

{WEEK TWENTY EIGHT} Grantee #64: Connor Petzke, Michigan :: "Connor was diagnosed with SMA Type 2 in January. He's an intelligent little guy who loves music, Mickey Mouse, and bubbles. Because of his disease, he has a difficult time holding his instruments and toys during playtime. If he had an iPad, he could use the Apps to enhance his musical skills. Our neighbor brought hers over the other day and Connor navigated the piano and other instruments with ease and excitement. Connor would also use the iPad for educational purposes and to improve his speech. We are currently working on letters and colors and the iPad could help him learn those easily. Although he is a little guy, Connor can use this technology with guidance from mom or dad. As he grows older, the iPad would assist him at school and as a means of entertainment. The new Apps that are being developed all of the time will enhance his quality of life and increase his communication skills." Congratulations Connor. We hope you can make all kinds of music with your new iPad!

{WEEK TWENTY NINE} Grantee #65: Destiny Sanchez, Louisiana :: "Destiny was born May 3,1999. At 18 months she was diagnosed with SMA type 2, heart condition, severe respitatory problems and scolosis. She is a bright little girl, now 12 years old, who sees past her limitations and enjoys life to the very fullest. Her strength in her hands is weak and recieving an iPad would help her gain confidence when doing school work and art which is one of her passions. This would light up her little life and give her a little hope to do the simple things some take for granted." Congratulations Destiny. We can't wait to see the art you create with your new iPad.

{WEEK THIRTY} Grantee #66: Tammy Duke, Louisiana :: "My name is Tammy and I am 45 years old. It took until the age of 15 to get an SMA diagnosis. Doctors told my parents a few different MD related diseases those 15 yrs. Whatever the diagnosis my determination to live my life didn't change. Graduating high school with honors, going to college, living on my own since 18, and enjoying life were some of my goals -- and I reached them all. My respiratory failure has slowed me down now and I spend a lot of my time in my room on Bipap and an iPad would help keep my mind busy. I could read, work puzzles, games, communicate with friends. About 16 hours or more a day can be hard with only a tv to watch. SMA might destroy my muscles, but it will never destroy my mind." Congratulations Tammy! You are an inspiration.

To learn more about ProjectMariposa, to apply to be a grant recipient, or to donate in support of this Gwendolyn Strong Foundation program, click the image below or visit ProjectMariposa.com

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