Our Families, Their Stories
Each family that Annie’s Angels supports has a unique story, read about them here.
Brayden Christmas Fund
Hi we are the Christmas Family. In March of 2007 we welcomed our son, Brayden Cole Christmas into the world. His name means brave warrior. He was born with severe hydrocephalus, adducted thumbs, club feet, nystagmus in both eyes- which he now wears glasses for- and muscle spasticity. He was then diagnosed with L1 syndrome which is a rare genetic disorder. He has undergone over 17 surgeries in his ten years. Six of those surgeries were in the first six months. He now wears braces on both feet. He is primarily g-tube fed. He is non-verbal, has a shunt and baclofen pump for muscle spactity and he does not walk, but thankfully that’s not everything.
Emily's Stair Lift Fund
Emily is a beautiful 11-year-old girl who has been a fighter since the day she was born!
We were told she would never leave the NICU and if she did, she would never walk, talk, see, hear, smile or breathe on her own… and she definitely would never see her 1st birthday. She did. They said she wouldn’t see her 2nd birthday. She did. On her 3rd birthday, her neurologist told us she is writing her own story and we are just along for the ride – that’s still true today.
Trevor Miles is used to challenges. He had a especially tough winter medically. He faced everything with such bravery and humor. His uplifting and strong spirit touched the hearts of many.
He sprouted inches and for a kiddo who grows slower than most this was amazing to witness. He looks forward to continuing to ride horses and get out on the river fishing. He enjoys everything about being outside and now that winter is behind us the time is now.
Positive Thoughts For Keri
It’s been 8 years since her accident and Keri Bosworth is working her butt off on the road to recovery.
Keri means so much to so many different people. As a mother of two from Newmarket, Keri had her world turned upside down in June 2010, when a swimming pool accident crushed her C3 and C4 vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed.
Knowing her strength and determination, there is no question as to why Keri continues to improve each day. But with the progress, comes the struggle of mounting medical bills, which is why we need your Positive Thoughts for Keri.
There is a special little girl in an orphanage in China who needs to begin her journey to succeed at life. The Carter family is the forever family willing to begin Jillian’s journey despite her challenges.
Jillian was born Dang Meng Jia on November 19, 2014 in Heze City, China. Her file states “…On Nov.24,2014, Beicheng police station in Mudan District, Heze City received 110 command, which said an abandoned baby was found at the gate of social welfare institute of Heze City, her birth parents could not be found after investigations, so she was sent to welfare institute for raising…” The report continues “DANG MENG JIA suffers deformity of right limbs and low birth weight. Welfare institute contacted with Beijing Chunhui Boai Fund, sent MENG JIA there for treatment…” Jillian also suffers from hearing loss and deformed toes.
Support For Myla
On Wednesday January 28, 2009 Myla Gott was driving home from the gym and got into a serious car accident, from that accident she received a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
The night of the accident she was rushed to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, the following day she was transported to Mass. General Hospital in Boston. From the accident she spend several months in a coma/vegetative state, once stabilize at Mass. General she was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
Weinberger Family Assistance Fund
Zack Weinberger is an 18-year-old who suffers from a rare form of Epilepsy called Lafora disease. It’s a terminal, progressive form of epilepsy that has, to date stripped him of his ability to walk, speak, feed himself and overall care for himself. He suffers daily from grand mal, absence, drop and nearly constant myoclonic (ticking) seizures. The disease is so rare that only about 200 cases in the world have ever been diagnosed.
The Barr Family
Hello, we are the Barr Family! We have two happy little boys- Billy age 6, and Ethan age 4. At 20 weeks, we were diagnosed with Dandy- Walker Malformation (missing his cerebellum) and Tetralogy of Fallot (heart disease),Post- Axial Polydactyly, amongst several other anomalies with our son Ethan. Our lives were immediately stopped as we struggled to do what was best for our son after being told he would never walk, talk, smile, or even recognize us. We are happy to say Ethan just celebrated his 4th birthday in July, and while he cannot walk, talk, stand, or eat yet…he gives us the biggest smiles!
Friends Helping Friends
“FRIENDS” is always looking for others to join this fun group of individuals, who want to help others by “paying it forward”. We have fundraisers that include raffles, luncheons, bake sales and all of the profits go to help others in need.
“Annie’s Angels is Angel Hands, Angel Hearts working together to help friends in need”
Knight Family Assistance Fund
My name is Brit Knight and I am 33 years old. I am married to my best friend Gary and we have 2 children named Adrianna and Anthony who are 10 and 4 years of age. I have been diagnosed with multiple cancers and have had many surgeries and treatments to battle them.
In September I was diagnosed with stage one colon cancer and that’s when they discovered my breast cancer went to my liver making it stage four. I started treatments almost immediately, I incorporate a lot of holistic support as well to make sure I keep my body as strong as possible. This has put a lot of financial stress on our family over the last few months as my husband who is now the sole income provider had to take a lot of time off from work.
Sabrina is a happy, enthusiastic and spirited 8 year with a laugh that makes you smile and warms your heart. She has sass, spunk and brings so much joy to our lives. Sabrina lives with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder and Cortical Vision Impairment. She is a fighter with drive. Sabrina had to fight for her life even before she was born. Sabrina was born 9 weeks early (emergency C-section) and spent the first few months of her life in the NICU. Doctors were unable to determine the cause of her life threatening medical complications. While she fought for her life, she received numerous blood and platelet transfusions among other medical treatments. She was finally diagnosed with Juvenile Xanthrogranuloma at 7 weeks old. Once treatment started, thankfully, she was on the road to recovery. But she is faced with lifelong challenges of Spastic Quadriparesis Cerebral Palsy as a result of an extensive brain hemorrhage. Her Cerebral Palsy affects her gross and fine motor skills, coordination, balance, as well as, causing developmental delays, cortical vision impairment and life threatening seizures.
ADA Bath For Cameron
Our Son Cameron Yurik is a 16-year-old boy who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia.
Since birth Cameron has had to go thru many open-heart surgeries where they were able to repair his heart. After going thru all these surgeries, we were hit with the news that he also has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
DMD is a terminal illness where Cam’s muscles are deteriorating and getting weaker every day.
As Cameron gets older this horrible disease is making most of the simple things in life hard or impossible.
Liam's Van Fund
Liam is all good… just a clogged feeding tube…
But now, I no longer have a vehicle… I am soooooooooo SCREWED…..
Steven’s ADA Vehicle Fund
Hello, my name is Kristina Tighe. I am asking for help raising money to purchase an ADA compliant vehicle.
My Husband Steven has been a great dad, husband and provider! He broke his leg last year while playing with our kids and has had major complications since. He has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Drop Foot. Steven is also a candidate for Below the Knee Amputation (BKA). He will never be able to walk again. He’s in a wheelchair at home and out in public but there are rare times he’s still able to walk on crunches.
Michelle Schladenhauffen Van Fund
Michelle is a New Hampshire state advocate for disability rights. She fought her way back into the independence of community living after living in a nursing home for five years. She currently resides in Portsmouth, NH in an independent living apartment designed for people with disabilities called Betty’s Dream.
Michelle is a sketch/watercolor artist now registered with the state of New Hampshire as a small business called “Watercolors By Michelle”. Michelle creates mostly in the winter months as a form of therapy.
Barbara Morse Fund
I am Barbara Morse. I was in a car accident April 7, 2011. The other driver ran a stop sign and blindsided me. This caused severe damage to all the ligaments in my left sacroiliac joint as well as a herniated disk; resulting in debilitating pain. The other driver was also underinsured resulting in extensive financial and medical costs. I have been out of work since.
The treatment recommended to me in 2011 to heal the ligaments caused severe nerve damage. It took me over three years to find out there had been an environmental toxin in that solution. This along with three concussions has complicated this very complex injury. I have tried many therapies to heal the nerve damage; none were effective enough to heal the nerves.