Aryah is 2 years old and beautiful on the inside and out. Up until January 8th of this year, she was your average, sassy little girl and then it all changed in the blink of an eye. One night she went to bed with a stomach bug and a few hours later woke up screaming in pain and totally limp. While fighting the stomach flu, her immune system began to attack her own body. The swelling from the virus pressed on her nerves causing paralysis, or what is known as Transverse Myelitis.
After a couple weeks of treatment at Children's Hospital, the swelling finally started to subside revealing there is permanent damage. The extent of her paralysis is unknown and won't be for up to a year.
She is currently at the Children's Home of Pittsburgh/Mario Lemiuex House, receiving physical and occupational therapy. If you would like to follow her progress, join the Facebook prayer chain on the link below. John's Way is grateful to support Aryah during this very difficult time and prays for her full recovery.
THE RYAN FAMILY
A family of three, hoping that Santa can find 2 sets of lungs for under their tree. The boys, Latrelle and Matthew, along with their mom Dee, are all hoping for miracles. The only life these 3 have known, is living with a disease that leaves them often alone. Cystic fibrosis has scarred the boys lungs, so they need 2 sets, not just one. How much heartache can one parent take before her spirit just breaks?
Matthew and Latrelle were born with cystic fibrosis. The disease has taken it’s toll on the boys. They spend the vast majority of their time confined to their home. Imagine never having a friend over to socialize, or being able to participate in a game of baseball or basketball. Now imagine it’s you or your child x 2. This is their reality. How do you explain to your child they need new lungs? How do you encourage them to want to fight and look forward to the future?
Dee works works full-time, and often overtime just trying to make ends meet. A single mom trying to survive with 2 boys fighting for their lives. Their house was built in 1930. As you can imagine it has all of the problems of a house built 87 years ago. The environment is not healthy for the boys and It’s impossible for Dee to fix everything on her own. After having a contractor tour the home, Rob Martik, has recommended building a new house due to the overwhelming amount of issues with their current one. He has offered to volunteer his services and we would like to build this very deserving family a new home. John's Way is grateful to be able to help the Ryan family and prays the boys will find the donors they so desperately need.
THE CHILDREN'S INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH
Mission: The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enables them to reach their potential.
Everything about The Children’s Institute—from medical to educational to child and family services—is about meeting the life needs of children with special needs.
The Childrenʼs Institute helps local families to mend, teach, comfort, and save the people who mean the most to them ... their children. They help over 6,000 children a year who need help recovering from terrible accidents or illness,ʼ children with autism and severe physical disabilities, and children and families without homes.
PROJECT STAR PITTSBURGH
(LOCAL SECTION OF HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS)
Mission: Project Star serves local foster and adoptive families of children with special needs or circumstances. These gifts maybe the only thing these children have as part of their new life in Foster Care.
The Dewers Family:
Suzie, Ariel, and Page are sisters who have been neglected and without food throughout their lives due to having parents with an addiction problem. Suzy is the oldest of all of her siblings and would take care of them when their parents left them unsupervised. At only 11 years old, Suzy would get breakfast ready for her 9 and 6 year old sisters, and make sure they got to the bus stop on time. Her favorite distraction from her home life is music. Suzy loves playing the flute and being part of the marching band at school. Ariel is a very shy and quiet 9 year old. She lacks confidence in herself and questions everything she does due to her very abusive father. Ariel likes to play with her dolls and play dress up to escape her home life. Page is the youngest of her siblings and doesn't understand why her parents are not around. None of her medical or dental needs have been met, so she rarely ever smiles. All she asked for this Christmas was a princess toothbrush. Page likes to play princess and do crafts to escape her reality. John's Way was so happy to help make all three of these sweet young girls have a little joy at Christmas this year.
The Blake Family:
These young girls, currently in foster care, are setting out on a new journey in life. Tragically they lost their parents, and are soon to be adopted by their new family. Kelly is an ambitious young woman who hopes to join the Air Force and become a military lawyer. Her younger sister, Sara loves fashion and hopes to go to college to become a fashion designer. Candace is the youngest and has a passion for dancing. She hopes to pursue a career as a professional dancer one day. John's Way donated Christmas gifts to help all three girls pursue their dreams.
The Harper Family:
Luther is an 11 year old boy with medical issues who is a victim of bullying. He gets anxiety just thinking about going to school because the other children harass him so much, and he's unable to concentrate on learning. Luther had to leave school and is now enrolled in cyber school at home. He doesn't have friends to play with but is enjoying his new bike, science toys, video games, and remote controlled drone that John's Way gave him for Christmas this year.
Thank you for supporting John's Way to help these Pittsburgh families find hope for a better future.
PENNSYLVANIA VETERANS FOUNDATION
To provide assistance and support for Pennsylvania veterans and their families,
To make grants to other recognized charitable foundations and organizations and veterans’ service organizations to carry out the charitable purposes of the Corporation.
To make grants and to undertake charitable programs and projects to assist and support deserving Pennsylvania veterans and their families.
To assist Pennsylvania veterans in need of shelter and the necessities of living.
To provide aid, comfort, assistance, and support for Pennsylvania veterans, including veterans of war or armed conflict and peacetime veterans, and their families.To help ensure that Pennsylvania veterans and their dependents have access to accurate up-to-date information and assistance to qualify for federal, state, and local veterans benefits.
To honor the rich history and heritage of Pennsylvania veterans and the contributions and sacrifices of veterans by providing public education and information.
To solicit and receive grants, donations, gifts, and legacies from other foundations, charitable organizations, veterans’ service organizations, corporations, individuals and other entities to carry out the charitable purposes of the Corporation
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH CHILD ADVOCACY PROGRAM
Mission: The Foundation exists to provide financial support for the hospital’s mission of excellence in patient care, teaching and research.
We are proud to be a partner in our community providing school supplies and learning materials to children both inside and outside the hospital during their recovery.
Mission: Persad Center is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. We serve our target populations and their loved ones, cradle to grave, across western Pennsylvania, with the service centers in Pittsburgh, Washington and Erie Pennsylvania.
ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Mission: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.