**WISH GRANTED - She is deaf and was starved and neglected in an orphanage. When everyone else gave up on her, her loving adoptive mom did not. Mom made a wish and we granted it today. Meet Ecrissa!**
Dear Bianca's Kids,
Hello!!! I am writing on behalf of my amazing daughter, Ecrissa. Ecrissa is my oldest of three children, all of whom are adopted internationally. She is a beautiful, strong and amazing young lady that really has been given the short end of the stick! She was born in a third world country and spent the first three years of her life in an orphanage with much neglect, starvation and no form of communication. The orphanage made no attempts to communicate with her as she was deaf and disabled. She has struggled to learn and given less than optimal teachers in the local DHH programs and she has had so much to overcome!
When I met Ecrissa she was significantly delayed in all areas of her development. Ecrissa has struggled to overcome not only the effects of her prenatal and early life circumstances of neglect and starvation, but also a laundry list of other diagnosis including deafness, regulating mood disorder, a cognitive impairment secondary to brain damage, emotional struggles, gross and fine motor delays and language delays. Contrary to all of her struggles, she has some amazing gifts as well. She is compassionate, loves being a big sister, is a talented artist and has a BURNING DESIRE to learn to READ!!! This is Ecrissa’s wish! To be given the opportunity to learn to read.
We have struggled with the public schools. I have fought and advocated and begged and pleaded with them to support her needs to no avail. They just do not believe that she has any capacity to learn. I was told in an IEP a year and a half ago that “it was a waste of time to teach her to read”. She spent Kindergarten to 6th grade in that public school in the deaf and hard of hearing program and they were unable to get her past the Kindergarten reading level. However, we found our “magic bean”. EnCourage Institute for teaching and learning in Grand Rapids. They have worked with Ecrissa for the past 2.5 years on reading, language and emotional stability and Ecrissa has went from a Kindergarten reading level to 2nd grade!!!!! Ecrissa is getting there! Research shows that a 3rd grade reading level is considered to be “functional reading” and leads to independence in the community. Ecrissa deserves this! She can learn and she is not a waste of time.
Well, then why am I asking for financial help for her?? I have mentioned that I am a single mom with 3 kids. I have not yet shared that I was a full time working single mom, however, 3 years ago when Ecrissa really began to struggle in school, she had a psychiatric break down. She required multiple stays in a hospital for safety and I eventually used all of my personal days from work and was forced to quit my job and stay home to care for her. I now work 1-2 days a week, however due to the difficult behaviors that Ecrissa has, I have few babysitters that are safe with her. So, I am home, caring for her. I have no regrets! The progress she has made over the past 2 years are amazing. However, I have been financially maxed out. With a very limited income, paying for her lessons at EnCourage the past couple of years, 2 other kids, tons of medical and hospital and therapy bills, I just don’t the finances available any more. Ecrissa spends her free time with a book in her hands, pretending to read, begging for more reading time, and desperately wanting to become a ‘READER’.
EnCourage Institute uses curriculums designed for Deaf learners and the teacher that works one:one with my daughter is a state certified teacher, with a CI and DHH endorsement as well as she has had training as a behavior technician. She also uses ASL, the language of my daughter. Lastly, she has the patience of a SAINT!!!!
Granting Ecrissa’s wish to be given the opportunity to become a reader would be a life changer for her. It would not give her memories to remember but will give her the ability to MAKE memories for a lifetime. Learning to read is the cornerstone of becoming as independent of an adult as she is capable, giving her the opportunity to have a job and be as successful as she can. 1 session at EnCourage is $66.00. Each session that she gets to participate in at EnCourage learning to read is one hour closer to her goal of READING!!!!!!
Of course Ecrissa is worth it! And so are you. We are so happy to grant this wish by paying for 10 more reading classes at EnCourange for her! May Ecrissa continue to read and thrive!
My wish is for an iPad for development for my daughter. Charlie is 18 months old. She has Down Syndrome and was born with a complex heart defect that shortened her life expectancy dramatically. She has had two heart surgeries. The first was performed when she was 6 weeks old, and she ended up spending 6 months in the hospital due to various issues related to her low muscle tone combined with being small for her age. Fortunately, in March of this year we traveled to Boston Children's Hospital where she received a full heart repair, giving her a normal life expectancy! Cardiac wise she is now doing excellent, however she is experiencing other health issues (none life threatening), mainly GI problems. She has been on a feeding tube since after her first heart surgery. Through it all, she has received various therapies to help with her development. Down Syndrome causes developmental delays, but being in the hospital so much has also set her back. Her speech therapist often uses and iPad during therapy, and the local Down Syndrome clinic recommended getting an iPad as there are many apps that can assist with development.
Charlie is currently nonverbal so this would help with communication as well. Financially,
I am unable to purchase an iPad for my daughter. Our only income is her social security disability and child support. I am unable to work due to the care she requires. We are also currently residing in a shelter, although we expect to be in section 8 housing soon. My true wish is to give my daughter the best opportunities to thrive developmentally (and otherwise), and I believe an iPad would be an essential contribution.
Kelly, we are so happy to grant this wish for you and Charlie. An iPad will be on its way to you this week.
Here’s the wish we received:
My daughter relies on her iPad to communicate, for her schedule, and now to be able to see what is covered in school. As a result of her brain injury she has cortical visual impairment. She cannot see things on the board at school. She cannot follow along with a book the teacher is reading out loud. All of these images have to be uploaded to the iPad for her to see on an iPad. I bought her a mini Ipad a few years ago but it only works on WiFi and has a very small memory. She needs a device that can work without being required to be on a WiFi connection and has a big enough storage to accommodate her visual needs and any apps that will help her. I just do not have the money to buy her a new one.
We are so happy to grant this wish for EmmaJean.
High school student with incarcerated parents gets opportunity of a lifetime. Problem is it costs thousands. So who is going to pay for it? We are!
We received a wish for 16 yr old Kelly, a brilliant high school student who aspires to be an attorney. This young lady has faced incredible adversity with not one, but both her parents in prison. Yet, she presses forward and takes her studies seriously.
Kelly’s hard work paid off as she was recently accepted to the National Leadership Law & Advocacy Program at Yale University this summer. Problem is, the program costs $3,500. There is simply no way Kelly could afford it.
We started this organization for kids like Kelly. She deserves this opportunity like any other hardworking student and we are going to make sure she gets it. We are granting this wish by covering the entire cost of the program for Kelly.
Have a great time Kelly!! You deserve it. (Names have been changed for confidentiality purposes)
MUCH DESERVED VACATION/WISH GRANTED FOR SIBLINGS WHO CARE FOR THEIR LITTLE BROTHER WITH CHROMOSOMAL ABNORMALITY
Sweet Zach has Cri Du Chat Syndrome (chromosomal abnormality). He is 4 but cannot walk independently. He has tibial torsion which makes it difficult to walk. He also has intellectual and developmental disabilities. Zach’s medical condition requires the help of his entire family.
Here’s the wish we received:
Zach is a very sweet and joyful little guy. His cuteness and joyful nature attract a lot of attention! He is the youngest of our 4 children (siblings are 11, 10 and 6) and he truly is a gift to our family! But he requires a lot of care and his siblings sometimes struggle with all the attention he gets from us, his parents. Zach cannot do much for himself. Intellectually and developmentally he is more like an older infant/ younger toddler. He cannot walk independently (but he can crawl and cruise!) We still bathe him, feed him, dress him, and carry him. He uses a wheelchair for transportation outside the home. He is mostly non-verbal. He depends on us for all of his care.
So our wish is actually for Zach's siblings. We would like to take Zach's 3 siblings away for a weekend (2 days, 1 night) to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA to be able to give them a weekend of much needed undivided attention, bonding, and fun!
Having a large family makes it difficult to afford vacations so having this wish granted would be a huge blessing for our family!
We hear it all the time - Siblings often have to be overlooked when a special needs child is part of a family. We believed this family and siblings deserve this trip. That’s why we Granted this wish for them.
Have fun sh Great Wolf Lodge kids!
Here is the wish we received from Amyre's mommy:
Dear Bianca's KIds:
My wish for my daughter is to have a wonderful Christmas. She is such a sweet, beautiful, and brave little girl. Due to car troubles I have had to invest a lot of money into our van which transports my daughter and my other children daily. I would love for your organization to help me in providing a great Christmas to my daughter Amyre.
We granted this wish with a $200.00 gift card to Walmart so Marsha can do some xmas shopping for Amyre.
Michael's mother reached out to us for her precious son who has autism and spina bifida. He also struggles with anxiety and is having a difficult time dealing with a divorce that left his mom financially devastated.
Here is the wish she sent us:
Dear Bianca's Kids:
It will be our second year not being able to celebrate Christmas. We have fallen so behind and the adjustment of a single parent family has not been easy. Michael is a sweet young boy with lots of hope. He sees people as kind and trustworthy. It breaks my heart to say it will be better for us soon. I wish I could provide Christmas for him but I won’t be able to this year again. I’m reaching out to you as my last hope for Michael to have a special Christmas. He would love it!
We are happy to report that we granted this wish by sending Carmen a $200 Walmart Gift Card to do some Chritmas shopping for her little boy. She was thrilled!
Merry Christmas MIchael and Carmen!
DEAR Bianca’s Kids:
I am looking for help to make Christmas come true for my daughter London. I am a single parent that is going through a tough financial hardship. I don't know how I am going to be able to give my little girl a Christmas. We have just moved to Williamstown hoping to get a fresh start for me and try to get back on my feet. I needed to relocate as I was unable to keep up with things financially. London deserves a Christmas as she is the sweetest little girl. I never have problems out of her and she gets nothing but good feedback and grades in school. I would appreciate any help you all would be able to give and I will forever be thankful for making my little girls wish come true.
Your not going to believe this. Santa came by our office today and left ALL THIS for sweet little London. He knows your a single mom. And he knows we love to support single moms so all your Xmas shopping for London IS DONE! He also left a check for $100 for Xmas dinner for you and your baby girl.
️Merry Christmas from Bianca’s Kids!
When you have a child battling cancer, it drains you physically, emotionally and financially. Over the years we’ve learned how hard it is on the siblings of the sick child too.
Christmas time can be the most stressful time of year for any family much less one like these.
Today’s wish was granted for the parents of a child who is battling cancer, and for their remaining children to help them have a nice Christmas. We are happy to provide this family with gifts for all of their children and a check for $250 for Christmas dinner and any additional gifts they may want.
Merry Christmas precious family.
Without warning this precious little girl lost her mommy and her dad lost his fiancé. Now these two must face the world together as a strong & loving father/daughter duo.
This awesome dad sent us this touching wish:
On September 6th of this year, my daughter’s mother suddenly passed away without signs or warnings of being sick at all. It's always been just us 3. Me, Jeri and her mom, at one point were homeless and living in a hotel, after time we were able to find a place to call home, we were already struggling living pay check to pay check , but we always had love and made sure Jeri was ok. At this point I'm able to maintain making sure we still have a home, but I don't want Jeri to miss Christmas this year because of me not being prepared for the loss of my fieance and her mother. I'm trying to plan properly so that my baby will still enjoy the holiday, of course I know it will never be the same for either one of us.I would appreciate some help but I also know that there is other people who may have it worse then me and my baby do. Any help would be appreciated even if its just a card wishing her well. Thank you and enjoy the holidays.
I’m so happy to report that thanks to the help of our friends at Old Navy in Deptford NJ and of course Bianca’s Kids, we took care of ALL of Jeri’s Xmas shopping. This loving dad will not need to worry about a single gift. Jeri’s tree will be packed with gifts and daddy will be stress free of the financial burden of Christmas.
Oh, and maybe a little something for Daddy too.