Stories of Impact
Fourteen-year-old Mia has a contagious laugh that lights up the room. She uses a wheelchair in the home, school and community where she loves to get out and about with her active family.
Mia is developmentally delayed with a condition that requires her to make multiple trips to the doctor. As she got older, it became very difficult for her to be transported, along with her wheelchair, in a regular vehicle.
Mia’s parents, Kelly and Jason, worked with Curative’s Service Coordinator, Yajaira, to help connect them with the vital community resources they needed to make life easier for their family. Yajaira was able to help them secure an adaptive stroller and a vehicle modification so that Mia could be easily transported to her favorite places in the community. Jason shared that these items made “a world of
difference” and gave their entire family a renewed sense of freedom.
“We used to have to make decisions about where we were going based on our ability to transport Mia, but now we can go wherever we want.”
Kelly shared that Yajaira was a great advocate throughout the process. “She really understood what a difference these things could mean to a family like ours,” said Kelly. “Yajaira always goes the extra mile and we can tell that she really cares about Mia.”
Although Mia faces many challenges in life, her adventurous spirit and loving family have helped her thrive. She loves to go swimming and listen to music, but nothing compares to her fun walks with dad in the new adaptive stroller. “Sometimes we will walk four to five miles a night,” shared Jason. “We are so grateful to Yajaira and to Curative for helping improve the quality of life for our entire family.”