Please help support Chris’s nephew!
Chris and his family are seeking assistance in raising funds for his nephew “Bug” to go to a special school in Clearwater, FL.
Julian “Bug” Cruz was born 3 months premature. Doctors gave him little chance of survival following a massive brain bleed the night after he was born. When he did survive, they said he would be a vegetable. When he didn’t become a vegetable, they said he would never sit up, speak, hear, crawl, stand, or run.
A few weeks ago, on his 10th birthday, Julian won both bronze and gold medals in the Special Olympics Florida State Games as a cyclist. Although he has shunted hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and is severely hearing-impaired, Julian is an Olympian. He has faced every obstacle with courage, and maintained a winner’s attitude.
Because Julian has multiple disabilities, he cannot attend the Florida School for the Deaf, and with his many health problems, public school is also not an option. His best opportunity is to attend Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf in Clearwater, where deaf students learn from American Sign language-fluent teachers and where the school is equipped to handle children with additional health concerns. Deaf students learn alongside their hearing siblings, as well as CODAs (children of deaf adults).
Tuition for Blossom is $7,000 per school year. Julian and his mother will have to move to Clearwater for the school year, which will cost an additional bundle of money. If you have the means to help Julian in his journey to attend school this year—and more, to have the same opportunity for educational excellence typical children receive—please consider making a donation toward his tuition. Every dollar gets us closer to giving Julian what every child should have—the opportunity to reach his full potential, to become a self-sufficient, educated member of society.