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If you have not yet heard…. one of our CVYSL players, Mariah Serratos, is now paralyzed for life due to a spinal stroke at age 11. We are asking for your help and support…..
On March 23rd, 2013 the Central Valley Magic U12 Girl’s competitive team received word that their goalkeeper for the past 5 seasons, Maria Serratos, had been hospitalized and would not be playing in their game that day. Mariah was admitted to Valley Medical Center due to numbness and lack of strength in her legs. The following day she was transported to Stanford Children’s Hospital to run more tests as Valley Medical Center could not pinpoint the exact diagnosis but it appeared to be very serious. It didn’t take long and it turned out to be the worst case scenario. Mariah and her parents were informed that Mariah had suffered a spinal stroke and the stroke had left permanent damage, meaning she would be paralyzed for life. Mariah will never play soccer again, let alone stand up and go for a walk. Mariah (above) playing goalkeeper and doing what she loved. Mariah is a great student and wants to be the first in her family to attend college and graduate with a degree. Mariah’s very tragic situation and her strength, love and commitment to the game of soccer is inspiring and that is why CVYSL is asking for your help…..
Unfortunately, Mariah’s parents are not in a financial position to provide the necessary amenities that Mariah will need once she is released from the hospital. She is expected to be released in the next two weeks. It would be great if we can get together and provide Mariah and her family with the necessary amenities so that her family can focus on Mariah’s emotional and physical needs than to stress over things that we in our community can help with.
Mariah will require a wheelchair to get around in, not to mention that her family will also need a proper vehicle to transport her to school, doctor appointments, etc. The house they live in will require some extensive retro-fitting so Mariah can get around in her wheelchair. Plus the increasing medical bills…Needless to say this young girl and her family needs our help!
Dave Bibo, a parent from the Central Valley Magic team, has partnered with Foundation 47* to help fundraise on Mariah and her families behalf. The initial fundraiser is in the form of a t-shirt commemorating Mariah’s love and commitment to the game of soccer.
The t-shirt cost is $8.00. The goal is to sell over 2,000 t-shirts!!! 100% of the proceeds benefit Mariah and her family. T-shirts are white with red lettering (Mariah’s favorite color!).
Dave has saved the back of the t-shirt for corporate sponsors. If your business or company can help and donate, we are asking for a donation of $250 to $750. If we can attract 25+ sponsors at an average of $500 each that would enable Mariah’s family to be one step closer to some much needed essentials they face the minute she is released from the hospital.
Personal donations in lieu of the t-shirts are welcome also. Checks and/or money orders should be payable to: Foundation 47; please mention “Stand Up for Mariah” in the memo section.
1) Mail~ Foundation 47
P.O. Box 6882
San Jose, CA 95150
2) Donations through Foundation 47 (available 4/19/13)~
Click on the Donation tab and follow instructions.
3) Donations through PayPal~
Click on the TRANSFER arrow down tab, click on “Send Someone Money” and enter your email address and then “TO (their email address)” enter firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in purchasing t-shirts, making a corporate donation or have an idea to help Mariah and her family, please contact Dave Bibo (408) 640-3833 or email email@example.com
Please join us to “Stand Up for Mariah”.
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
Central Santa Clara Valley Youth Soccer League
P.O. Box 321149
Los Gatos, CA 95032
*Foundation 47 was created in 2008 in memory of Hannah Welker, a young female soccer player who was killed in an auto accident traveling back from a soccer tournament in SoCal. The Foundation’s goals are to provide scholarships to student athletes looking to play competitive sports at a higher level but don’t have the means to do so. Through participation in Foundation 47 events, students can apply for and be awarded scholarships to cover expenses incurred to participate in their given sport. In addition to scholarships, Foundation 47 also is there to help families in need as they have already assisted in donating an Apple iPad to Mariah to help her pass the time while in the hospital. If you would like more information regarding Foundation 47, please go to www.foundation47.com