Variety of the Desert

Angel was born with a rare birth defect called, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital. His arms hang uselessly by his side. Jennifer, a single parent at age 20 carried him to doctors all over the area trying to get him help. Specialist Dr. Robin Clark told her the only facility in North America that could help Angel was Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington Delaware.

Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert adopted Angel and his dedicated mother and made all arrangements for travel, accommodation and all hospital expenses, and sent them to Wilmington Children’s Hospital for five days where Angel was fitted with “Magic Arms.”

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Angel requires constant and specialized physical therapy. Jennifer’s car spends more times in the shop than it does on the road. She says a prayer every time she and Angel get into it and hopes the tires, the steering and brakes will hold out for one more journey to Loma Linda Hospital.

The most recent trip was a disaster. She ran into a heavy rain shower and her windshield wipers quit. She was blinded and pulled over to the roadside and broke down. Together with the NABC, Variety will present Jennifer with a newly refurbished 2013 car at the NABC Conference in Palm Springs.

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