Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Please come out and support Ava and the Lopez family for Fashiontini this coming Thursday, November 4th at Hotel Valencia. Doors open at 6:00pm. $10 at the door with a portion of the evening's proceeds benefiting Ava's Wish. For all you fashionistas, there will be a runway show by Julian Gold. Don't miss Ava's debut on the catwalk. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Sweet Ava!

Happy Birthday My Sweet Girl……September 28, 2010

Today is Ava’s 3rd birthday and it gives me chills to be able to say that. The birth of a child is one of the most amazing gifts a person can be given. The rebirth of a child and the feelings that go along with it are almost unspeakable. Time and time again I have mentioned how blessed Manny and I are as parents to have been given a second chance with Ava. The way that our community, family and friends have supported us throughout the past year and a half just goes to show that we all were given a second chance….for this I will be eternally grateful.

Take time to laugh a little longer, hug a little tighter and be thankful for what you have. Let Ava’s recovery story be a sign of hope in your life!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vote for Ava's Wish!!!

So many good causes today are in need of good graphic design. And so many designers have a heart for a good cause. Unfortunately, lack of funding often stands between them and the good that they could accomplish together.

Worth Higgins & Associates, Virginia’s largest sheet fed commercial printer, announces Worthwhile: Designers for Good, a competition to bring good design and good causes together for the good of all.

With your support, Ava’s Wish and graphic designer, Diane Hammons, could win this competition. Don’t forget to vote ONCE A DAY!

1. Visit the Worth Higgins & Associates, Inc. Facebook page and click "Like" (first time only)
2. Go to
3. Click Vote
4. Scroll down to the heading "Out of disaster, a foundation for kids rises" to vote for Ava's Wish

Thanks for your support!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ava update - September 2010

It has been quite some time since I last posted an entry on Ava’s progress. For that, I apologize. It amazes me that the summer is almost over and school is back in session. Ava restarted her vision school in mid August and will continue on at a PPCD (special needs) program when she turns 3 later this month. We spent the summer working on improving Ava’s fine motor skills with occupational therapy three times a week and gross motor skills with gymnastics once a week as directed by her physician. She also continues with vision therapy and mobility and orientation therapy. After meeting with a few specialists a few weeks ago it is being suggested that we put Ava back in physical therapy three times a week as it appears that she is starting to fall even more behind in her gross motor skills. I try to come up with a plan on how that is going to work into the schedule and it seems almost impossible. To think that the majority of time Ava is awake during the day is spent going to therapies is mind boggling. Amazing that the therapies are available, but sad that she has to endure this on a daily basis. As a Mother I feel powerless.

Ava continues to wear her helmet to protect herself from falls. She also wears her glasses which seem to help her eyes to focus. According to her doctor she has a very difficult time seeing anything without her glasses. It is still unknown as to the extent of damage to her vision. It may be quite some time until we have some definitive answers. She has become a cane walker at school and has even asked for it at home a few times. I think she finds some sort of comfort in it. An object I once looked at with fear, I now see as an amazing tool.

I wanted to briefly mention the legal side of this as many people are wondering what has taken place. The trial date was reset once again. It continues to amaze me that the victims in this are the ones that have to continue to suffer. My hope is that one day the person who did this will take responsibility for her actions. As always, I will continue to advocate for my daughter. This will never be forgotten.

A more positive side to this is our formation of a charitable organization called AVA’S WISH, INC. The purpose of the organization will be to provide support services to patients and family members affected by pediatric head trauma and related disorders. I have listed a few of our first events that will be taking place in 2010.

Ava’s Wish has an event that will take place on November 4th at the Valencia Hotel in San Antonio. The event is called Fashiontini. Part of the proceeds raised that evening will be donated back to Ava’s Wish. There will be more details to come. If you can make it out for this wonderful event we would love to see you.

The San Antonio Rock-n-Roll Marathon is quickly approaching. It is scheduled for November 14th. We will have an Ava’s Wish team. If you are interested in joining please contact me at

Ava’s Wish, Inc. just became a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization. We are currently working on a website and will notify you when it is up and running.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and kind words…….


Monday, April 26, 2010

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who attended the "All for Ava" service. It was a magical day! Our dear friend/photographer, Lilianna Story, has the gift of capturing children's raw emotions. How she manages to get the most perfect photos with three children in the shot, I'll never know.

Enjoy this breathtaking slideshow of the Lopez children:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fiesta Week - Please Drink Responsibly!!!

Fiesta week has kicked off here in San Antonio, which means there will be more partying and celebrating than usual. Enjoy this fun San Antonio tradition with your friends and families, but remember to drink responsibly and DON’T get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Let’s keep our families safe!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"All for Ava" service - April 23, 2010

On Friday, April 23rd there will be an “All for Ava” service held at the Crosstimber (Rogers Ranch) clubhouse. As a reminder, this is where we held the rally for Ava last year. It is our way to come together as a community and celebrate Ava’s continued recovery. All are welcome to attend. It will start at 6:00 p.m. and will most likely last 30-45 minutes.

Please wear pink!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

The Lopez Family