Season for Caring: Meet the Romero Family

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Category: Client Story

December 9, 2022

Leslie found Any Baby Can last December, after delivering her fifth child. She had a son at home, Amari, who born prematurely at 25 weeks with a variety of developmental delays and physical impairments. When he turned two years old, he was not able to walk, despite receiving a variety of therapies. Feeling overwhelmed, Leslie welcomed the chance to gain a community through Any Baby Can.

In his short life, Amari has been through multiple surgeries to help improve his abilities, including surgery on both of his legs. He will also need surgery on his wrist before he turns three. Amari still requires an assistive device to help him get around.

It has not been an easy road, and everyone in the family is affected. But Leslie is a dedicated mother, who makes the best life possible for her family, from family dinners and game nights, to the motivational decorations she keeps in their home.

"I admire Leslie for how strong she is and how, despite everything she has going on, she remains driven to provide laughter and fun for her kids. She no doubt wants the best for her children and does everything in her power to make it happen,” says Cleo Hodges, Leslie’s Certified Parent Educator.

Learning the Little Things

Leslie loves being a part of the Healthy and Fair Start program, where she receives parent coaching and family support to create a safe, stable, nurturing home for her children to thrive. She attends most of our group events if her work schedule allows it, and seeks the connection to other parents through Any Baby Can, as well as her parent educator.

“Being in Any Baby Can has taught me how to interact with my kids better than I could’ve ever imagined. I’ve learned that taking five minutes to focus on my kids has been beneficial because that’s the time I’m bonding with my kids,” says Leslie.

Although she often must focus on the “big things” like Amari’s surgeries, the kids’ schools and keeping up with her busy job, she knows now that it’s the little things that make a difference in a child’s life.

An Advocate for Her Family and Others

Leslie is a health plan liaison, helping customers sort out issues with their health insurance. She has used the knowledge she acquired from her day job, in addition to resources from Any Baby Can, to advocate for Amari's and find the support she needs.

She is deeply devoted to her children’s well-being and provides a loving home full of affirmations and empowerment.

“Thank you for all the help, resources, events and activities that Any Baby Can has offered me. Cleo continues to check up on my family often; she has been amazing and has touched my heart with the love she provides and how she treats my kids with so much love. Way to go, Cleo, you are wonderful!” says Leslie.

How You Can Help

Fulfilling this family’s needs will improve both Amari’s language and physical skills, and relieve some stress on all of them! Support this amazing mom and Any Baby Can by considering a gift to Season for Caring (Select “Any Baby Can, Romero family”).

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