Thanks to all of you, Ava’s KidWalk is a reality. She looks amazing, and all of you have been so instrumental in helping her make it this far. If you are still interested in helping financially, you can contribute via the donate button on this blog. The Lopez’s are exploring starting a foundation whose mission will be to help children and families affected by pediatric head trauma.
Ava continues to make improvements every day. She had the feeding tube removed at the end of this past week. She now has no medical support devices sustaining her. She is doing it all on her own. She is gaining more strength in her torso and is able to sit up in a high chair and be fed.
Another first…Manny and Traci told me that they heard her laugh for the first time today since her injury on 23Apr09. It was so refreshing to see more levity return to their lives as they described her giggle. While we did not speak of it, I am sure that part of it is a sigh of relief as the reality of the return of Ava’s personality is starting to show itself more and more. How wonderful to have come so far in such a relatively short period of time, especially given the severity of her injuries.
Sincerest appreciation continues to be extended to all of you for following along, spreading the word, contributing in whatever way you have been able, and praying for Ava and the Lopez family. You cannot be thanked enough for your thoughts, love, and support. Please keep it up.
Ava, the party waits for you.