Meet 17-year-old Maya and her loving Mother.
Maya is a vibrant, funny, engaging, and sensitive girl. She loves people and she has a penguin, Waddles, that goes everywhere with her.
Today, there is no comparing to a year ago when her sparkle seemed dull and the Maya from just 6 months earlier seemed lost inside her. The laughter now pours out of her and the love she shares is so genuine. Maya’s mother said, “She has taught me to be constantly grateful and always aware how blessed we really are. I will continue to take her lead and be thankful for each piece, each person, and each moment of every day.”
Maya was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, CVID (common variable immune deficiency), and liver failure. She is attached to a backpack with IVs, uses a wheelchair or stroller for long distance but can stand/walk short distances. Behind her bright, larger than life smile, you would never know the developmental delays she has faced.
A heartfelt thank you to Gina Fiene of http://www.FienePhotography.com for donating her time and talent.