Little Things, Big Differences – For Peter
Peter Marquez is a happy 16-year-old, who loves to spend time with his family, watch T.V. and listen to music. Peter is just unable to enjoy most of what others take for granted. He has cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hydronephrosis and muscular dystrophy.
In Peter’s first few years of life, he couldn’t speak but was able to move and walk. Recently, his health has deteriorated significantly and he is now paralyzed from his neck down. Peter can only move his head and communicate with facial expressions. It is up to his family to help him with everyday chores, and it is a constant task to make sure he is comfortable and getting everything he needs.
As his condition has worsened, it has taken a toll on his mother, Aveta, who is his full-time caregiver. Aveta currently works part-time as a substitute teacher and her husband is a full-time caregiver for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s. She has considered working a second job but it will exhaust her, leaving her with little time to care for Peter.
With help from Little Things, Big Differences, she hopes to alleviate some of the burden. Peter enjoys listening to music and watching T.V., so having a DVD player or CD player will make him happy and laugh with excitement. He loves listening to 70’s and 80’s music, which brings back memories of his late father.
Here are some Little Things that will make a Big Difference for Peter:
- Portable DVD Player & Movies (Disney movies, super hero movies)
- CD Player & CDs (70’s and 80’s music – culture club music, pop music)
- Books on CDs – super hero audio books, Harry Potter audio books
- Grocery Gift Cards (Foodland, Safeway, etc.)
- Wal-Mart/Target Gift Cards