Success Stories

While pregnant, a mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The doctors decided to take her baby early, via cesarean section. After the cesarean section, she began aggressive chemotherapy. Although the family was on MediCal, they could not cover the costs of the cesarean section. Small Angels covered those costs. One month later, Small Angels paid the family’s mortgage for a month, so they would not lose their home.

Doctors diagnosed a newborn with Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome (RTS). RTS is genetic and causes both physical and mental developmental delays. When the family first wrote to Small Angels, their daughter’s throat muscles would not allow her to take in enough food to survive. The family needed help paying for swallow therapy to help their daughter learn to swallow. Small Angels helped subsidize her swallow therapy.

A father donated one of his kidneys to save his daughter’s life. The surgery required him to take several months off work. His family of four risked homelessness without his income. Small Angels provided a gift to help maintain the family’s housing and stability during his recovery.

A daughter of an alcoholic mother and drug-using stepfather struggled with drug use and truancy. At age 17, she got sober and began attending school regularly. Worried she would fall into bad habits with “old friends,” she looked for better role models and friends who would lead her to a better life. Coastal Mountain Youth Academy is a camp that takes at risk children and provides them with appropriate role models and structure designed to end drug use. Small Angels paid for her to attend Coastal Mountain Youth Academy. Now, she remains sober and drug free.

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