Project Mariposa Impact

Changing lives, one iPad grant at a time! In 2012, theGSF launched Project Mariposa to make a material difference in the lives of those with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) through iPad grants. To most, the iPad is a nice-to-have luxury item that may increase productivity or provide entertainment. But to those with SMA, the iPad is literally life-changing. It's large screen size, light weight, portability, and featherlight touch screen make access to education, entertainment, and independence possible and in some cases it is allowing children to communicate for the first time in their lives. Its impact is truly incredible. And we're extremely proud of the real impact our grant program is having on so many lives around the world.

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Name: #197 Elliette M.
Age Range: 0-5 years old
Gender: Female
Diagonsis: SMA Type I

Leah and Elliette are sisters, both with SMA Type 1. Leah was diagnosed at 9-months. She was doing very well until she coded at home at the age of two and was in a coma for a week. Doctors told us to let her go -- that day she opened her eyes and began to respond again. Leah is turning 10-years-old this September and starting the fourth grade! Our amazing girl has had a lot of issues since that episode. She has a hard time sitting up, breathing is difficult, she lost her ability to speak, move and play unassisted. She is limited to what she can do but the iPad allows her to get back to doing all the things she loves. We welcomed Ellie into our lives last year. She is almost 10-months-old and is such a joy. Since she is the second child in our family with SMA, we already know the limitations the disease causes. We want to give her every opportunity to do everything she possibly can to communicate, play, and learn in her life. We believe these devices do this for our children. We are grateful for the consideration.

199 Total iPads Granted