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Project Mariposa {Month ONE} Recap and a Surprise

March 01, 2012 by Victoria Strong
Project Mariposa {Month ONE} Recap and a Surprise

It has been a month since Project Mariposa officially began granting iPads and in that one month 14 iPads have been awarded to those with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). And 14 lives are getting just a little bit easier...but we are only getting started. We named this program "Project Mariposa" because "mariposa" means butterfly in Spanish -- theGSF's signature symbol. But more than simply paying homage to our logo, this name was meant to reflect it's purpose -- helping those with disabilities to spread their wings. Over this last month we have been moved beyond words to see this already taking place. 

For example: Grantee #4 Dani Pruitt has been actively using music apps -- specifically Seuss Band as pictured here. Through this particular app, Dani is able to actually play the real song independently.  She has had exposure to instruments through music therapy and around the house but always with assistance or instruction or modification.  With Dani's iPad, she can play notes, follow the song, change the instrument, all on her own. It allows Dani choice making and independence. Here she is when she received her iPad and another of her playing Seuss Band. >> 

And grantee #2 Brooke Kennedy was able to accomplish something she's never done before. One of Brooke's PT goals is to stand consistently for one minute. She's been working on this since November of last year. With the iPad as a motivator she was able to stand in therapy for 5 minutes, then 8 minutes. And on her third attempt she stood for a whopping 15 minutes for the very first time! Here she is excitedly opening her iPad when it arrived. >>

We love hearing these stories. And we look forward to sharing the many others with you in the coming months. 

Today we want you to meet grant recipients 13 and 14. We have been announcing grant recipients on our Facebook Fan Page each week, but wanted to give you a more in depth description of each person. 

{WEEK THREE} GRANTEE #13: Micah Hargrave, Washington :: Micah is 9 1/2, in the 4th grade, and has SMA 2. She loves school, especially writing and art. Last year we noticed a decline in her ability to keep up with  her school work. Writing is her escape, but SMA has now made it too difficult for her to write on her own and her school offers no assistive technology. She wants to be a children's author when she grows up. Having an iPad would be a dream for Micah and her stories. I think it would open up her world even more and alleviate frustrations she has been feeling. Congratulations Micah!!! We hope this iPad helps your dreams of writing a children's book come true.

{WEEK FOUR} GRANTEE #14: Aubriana Navarro, California :: Aubriana is three years old with SMA Type 1 and an iPad would improve her quality of life tremendously. She loves to tap and the iPad makes it so easy for her to use what little movement she has to make things happen. She would be able to learn new things and experience so much more with just her fingertips. Living with SMA can make things so much more difficult and our biggest wish for Aubriana is that she has every opportunity given to her and that she realizes how incredibly special she is. We hope that if granted an iPad she can experience new things and learn so much more in a new way. Congratulations Aubriana! We can't wait to hear what new things you learn.

So what's the surprise? Because of theGSF's very generous supporters we have already been able to grow Project Mariposa from the initial 50 iPads in 50 weeks to 60 iPads in 50 weeks. And thanks to a recent donation given in honor of Amanda Cardoze (SMA Type 1), tomorrow we will be awarding THREE iPads instead of one. That's right! And that now makes 62 iPads in 50 weeks. We LOVE it! All of the applicants are so deserving and we want to get these incredible devices in the hands of every one of them.

Help us grant even more! You can make a tax deductible donation directly in support of Project Mariposa HERE

And don't forget to keep an eye on our Facebook page tomorrow >> {WEEK FIVE} Grants #15-17!

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