Rolling with Marie

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Michele Surprenant  ATLANTA, GA


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THANK YOU VERY MUCH, ALL PRIVATE DONORS.  I HAVE TRIED TO WRITE EACH OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY BUT UNLESS YOU DONATED VIA FACEBOOK,  THE BUTTON TO LET ME WRITE YOU IS MALFUNCTIONING.   ONCE IT WORKS, I WILL WRITE YOU.   I AM SO VERY, VERY TOUCHED BY ALL OF YOUR SWEET NOTES AND GENEROSITY.

Marie was paralyzed from the waist down at the tender age of 8- months- old  due to physical abuse in her biological mother's home.  She suffered over 14 fractures, burns and abrasions but came out of it all with an amazing, fighting spirit.  DFCS removed her and placed her in my care as a foster parent.  I fell in love with her chunky little face and decided to give her the life she deserved. 

Marie was adopted at age one and so began our journey.   At age 9, Marie is a funny & intelligent third grade girl.  Like many girls, she loves animals, art and video games and she has a big, loving family.   But unlike most children her age, she requires 24/7 medical oversight. 

Marie needs a specialized wheelchair that is not covered by her health insurance: the Perimobil C400 VS Junior Stand Up Wheelchair.     Also, she has been accepted into the Frazier Center Rehab in Kentucky for a trial study to help paralyzed persons.   We are likely to make a number of trips up there to take advantage of their cutting edge program.

Marie used to always say that when she gets cured, she's going to throw a huge party.   And boy we are all wishing for that day.  And in the meantime, our goal is to keep her body in as best shape as  possible so that the day there is a cure , Marie will be strong enough to stand up and walk.    That's our dream.
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Update 5
Posted by Michele Surprenant
21 months ago
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Yesterday we met the dealer and she got fitted into her new "Mobility 4 Kids" sit to stand. Today she is cooking, standing up on her own to reach the stove top and "make pasta". (with mom's help)

She is speeding all over the house and even drove it into a restaurant without knocking over anything.

Thank you all for the help. Our goal has been reached.
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Update 3
Posted by Michele Surprenant
23 months ago
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Whoa! It's the last day of school and the munchkin made straight A's. And last night she was featured on Al Jazeera America news show... what a week.

She has four weeks ahead of summer camps and then she's getting back surgery on June 22.

Thank you everyone for all your help. I've found a dealer (Mobility 4 Kids) that offers stand-up pediatric wheelchairs at a discounted price so I am working now on arranging to get her a new wheelchair. We'll post photos once she gets it.
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Update 2
Posted by Michele Surprenant
24 months ago
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Marie is very excited about the new wheelchair. I told her she may be able to get it and she SQUEALED so happily, said "really !!?" and I told her about this website (which I had not explained to her earlier)

She wants to use the standing wheelchair to reach the kitchen counter tops and "cook." Yikes....
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Dee Maria
24 months ago
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Michele glad all is well. Happy to see Marie doing great. This story was very touching. I did facebook you. I am a legal assistant and a NSU legal and criminal justice major. When I get a moment I will be happy to donate.. Very cute girl.

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Deborah Mello
24 months ago
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Get in touch with your local Shriners organization!!!

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Lori Ballen
24 months ago
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I am so impressed and moved by your story! Marie is obviously a fighter, and she is so very fortunate to have been placed in your loving care, and then adopted by you! People like you Michelle restore my faith in humanity, especially in the face of such abject brutality. It is an honor for me to be able to donate to help Marie. I wish you both a wonderful life!

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Michael Sanchez
24 months ago
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Wow! How can anybody hurt a child like this? You are an amazing person for saving her life, and she is an inspiration to hold such a beautiful smile in the face of adversity. Best of luck, I know she's in good hands!

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Heather Kuttai
24 months ago
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Hi Marie and Michele, I just read your story on ABC and I felt compelled to write and tell you that I have a SCI too. I was in a car accident when I was 6. I needed rods for scoliosis too. Sometimes that happens to kids with SCI when they start growing. When I was your age, I would have loved to know that there were other people with disabilities like mine, so let me tell you that I have a very full and happy life with kids of my own (and 2 dogs - one that also snores!); I will mark 39 years of living with a SCI this year. The standing wheelchair sounds great - weight-bearing exercise is excellent! :) Best of luck to you!

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Carol McCartney
22 months ago

Contact your local Shriner's group. My parent's are involved with the Shrine and their chapter raises money every year for their wheelchair fund. Best of luck to you.

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Michele Surprenant
24 months ago

Heather, Wow, I'm so thrilled to hear from you. I always worry about her future and we have never met anyone who was injured so young like you and Marie. She read your message and asked me about you and was surprised you had rods too. Please 'friend" me on Facebook so that we can keep in touch. It's inspiring to see how good your life is.. with kids and pups. Let's be in touch.

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$12,781 of $20k goal

Raised by 317 people in 25 months
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Created March 31, 2015
Michele Surprenant  
JF
$10
JoAnn Freedman
5 months ago
RC
$20
Roberto Ciora
18 months ago

I know this isn't much, but if everyone would give a little i know you will have your new wheelchair soon!!

WT
$10
William Taylor
19 months ago
TV
$100
Tina Vu
19 months ago

May God bless you and protect always. Much love

$20
Anonymous
19 months ago
$10
Anonymous
19 months ago
LM
$15
Laura Meyers
20 months ago

I wish you the very best, sweet girl!

SR
$20
Sandra Rojo
20 months ago

Michelle, you have been a blessing to this sweet little girl. We need more people like you in this world. Here is a little something to help you.

DE
$30
Danielle Esposito
20 months ago

What a beautiful little girl Marie is! I'm so sorry for all she's had to go through - her story just broke my heart. And thank you Michelle for being the type of person that makes the world a better place. You truly are one of a kind. Best wishes and blessings to you both!

AM
$10
Alexis Mason
20 months ago

Marie is adorable! Best wishes to you and her throughout this journey of recovery.

Dee Maria
24 months ago
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Michele glad all is well. Happy to see Marie doing great. This story was very touching. I did facebook you. I am a legal assistant and a NSU legal and criminal justice major. When I get a moment I will be happy to donate.. Very cute girl.

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Deborah Mello
24 months ago
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1

Get in touch with your local Shriners organization!!!

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Lori Ballen
24 months ago
1
1

I am so impressed and moved by your story! Marie is obviously a fighter, and she is so very fortunate to have been placed in your loving care, and then adopted by you! People like you Michelle restore my faith in humanity, especially in the face of such abject brutality. It is an honor for me to be able to donate to help Marie. I wish you both a wonderful life!

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Michael Sanchez
24 months ago
1
1

Wow! How can anybody hurt a child like this? You are an amazing person for saving her life, and she is an inspiration to hold such a beautiful smile in the face of adversity. Best of luck, I know she's in good hands!

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Heather Kuttai
24 months ago
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Hi Marie and Michele, I just read your story on ABC and I felt compelled to write and tell you that I have a SCI too. I was in a car accident when I was 6. I needed rods for scoliosis too. Sometimes that happens to kids with SCI when they start growing. When I was your age, I would have loved to know that there were other people with disabilities like mine, so let me tell you that I have a very full and happy life with kids of my own (and 2 dogs - one that also snores!); I will mark 39 years of living with a SCI this year. The standing wheelchair sounds great - weight-bearing exercise is excellent! :) Best of luck to you!

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Carol McCartney
22 months ago

Contact your local Shriner's group. My parent's are involved with the Shrine and their chapter raises money every year for their wheelchair fund. Best of luck to you.

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Michele Surprenant
24 months ago

Heather, Wow, I'm so thrilled to hear from you. I always worry about her future and we have never met anyone who was injured so young like you and Marie. She read your message and asked me about you and was surprised you had rods too. Please 'friend" me on Facebook so that we can keep in touch. It's inspiring to see how good your life is.. with kids and pups. Let's be in touch.

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