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.
Love For The Carpenter Family
Those of us that know Dylan Carpenter have watched this incredible human being grow from a kid who was always mature beyond his years to the teenager he is now. His keen sense of mischief, strong wit and a sly smile have always been trademarks of his very big personality. One who knows him cannot blame this on the teenage years. He loves a good challenge and is a fierce competitor whether he is gaming, playing cards or wagering on a bet. When presented with the choice of a cell phone or a pet pig, he chose the pig! For those of you who have come to know Dylan in the last couple of years, you also know how hard it has been for him and his family. Despite it all he has taught us all what strength and courage means and continues to do so.
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.
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.
Love For Lexy
In 2012 my family was devastated to learn my diagnosis. I have infantile Alexander’s disease, a leukodystrophy. Leukodystrophy means ill white brain matter. It is very rare, progressive and terminal. The prognosis we were given is 6-10 years old. I am now 8 1/2 and in 3rd grade. AxD affects my central nervous system. Myelin is the protective covering that insulates the nerve fibers. AxD causes that covering to disintegrate, exposing the nerve fibers, disrupting the transmission of my nerve impulses to my body. I am unable to walk so I use a wheelchair. I can’t use words to communicate but I still have quite the personality! I am developmentally delayed and have a g-tube for my many medicines and for any days that I may not be able to get all my calories in orally. I require thickened liquids and pureed food as I have a swallowing disorder that causes choking and causes thin liquids to go into my lungs and pool around my vocal chords. I am a very medically fragile and complex little girl. None of this stops my spunky little attitude and my happiness. I bring sunshine to the darkest of days and have impacted all who have had me in their life. I love music and my many friends and family.
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.
Soaring Above The Horizon
BIG East Coast Adventure 2018
Some of you may know that I love to cycle. I’ve ridden from Grand Falls, Canada to Daytona International Speedway, Florida. That’s about 2300 miles on my bicycle. Through these miles I’ve raise a lot of money for Annie’s Angels. This year I decided I would finish riding the eastern seaboard by riding from Key West to Daytona Beach, Florida. This was to be strictly a personal challenge and to be able to say, “I rode a bicycle from Route 1 mile 0 into Canada.” Somehow it just didn’t feel right. Riding for no reason at all when I could be helping even if its not seacoast New Hampshire.
Diane and I have personally supported our niece Jenny, who is a teacher at Horizon Elementary for years, sending supplies and clothing. This is a very special school helping many special families including homeless children and children with special needs get an education and they help parents get into a better situation. So, for this reason I’ve decided to ride this final BIG East Coast Adventure to help support Horizons Elementary School.
Please learn more about Horizons Elementary in the About the School section below. Please consider making your tax deductible contribution today.
Derek's Eye To The World
Derek S. George, Jr. is now 31 years old; remarkable since we were told we would be lucky if he survived till he was 8. With scores of 0 & 8 at birth, I wasn’t sure how long we’d have him, but I knew he was something special and would make our lives brighter. Boy has he ever!
Derek was born with Cerebral Palsy, he is legally blind, and has very limited speech. He spent most of his childhood going back and forth between Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and Shriner’s Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield, Ma. Undergoing over 18 surgeries for eyes, legs muscles, several hip surgeries, and several misc. emergencies (the latest being a critical radial fracture to his good arm – requiring permanent plates and screws). Having very limited mobility, and requiring full time assistance 24/7, Derek is confined to a wheelchair for life. Despite all he has gone through, Derek wants to experience life, as all young men do. He is happiest when involved with other people and busy doing things – from sun up till beyond sun down!
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”
The Golden Family
Cowell Family Assistance Fund
Recently I lost my brother Jeffrey to his hard-fought battle with gastric cancer which metastasized to his liver. Jeffrey passed on May 31st, 2016 three days after his birthday. He will forever be in my heart and prayers.
My brother Jason is diagnosis with gastric cancer in August of 2016 (3 months after his brother Jeff passed) and as with Jeffrey has undergone a total gastrectomy (the whole stomach is removed). Jason continues to fight his battle with cancer and is undergoing biweekly chemotherapy treatments to control his cancer which has metastasized.
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.