My name is Maya Kridli, and I am ten years old. I was diagnosed with A-T when I was four when my parents flew with me to Johns Hopkins to figure out what was wrong with me. I was late to start walking, and once I did, I was very wobbly. As I got older, it became harder for me to do things. When I was around 7 or 8 years old, I started to lose my ability to walk. Now, I am in a power wheelchair which I call my “zoomie.” A lot of simple tasks are very tricky, and sometimes impossible for me to do. I need help writing, eating, getting dressed, and doing a lot tasks that incorporate fine and gross motor skills. I still stay happy though, and I have some great friends and family to help me out!
For fun, my favorite things to do are horseback riding and swimming. I also like playing with my two dogs, Buddy and Lilly, and playing games on my iPad. I have a lot of fun the way things are now, but I really hope that one day there will be a cure for me, and I can start getting involved in things that most kids do. I am asking you to donate to my giving circle to help make this happen and fund research to find a cure.
Thanks for your help!! It means a lot to my friends, my family, and me. 🙂
OUR GIVING CIRCLE
We’re asking you to be part of our Giving Circle by donating $10 or more a month using the donation form below. Your monthly gift will help maintain a constant means of support for research funding. The advancements we have made and are making can be attributed to the families and friends like you who generously support our mission to find life-improving therapies and a cure for A-T. Every dollar raised is a dollar filled with hope.
Our Giving Circle donors will receive:
- A listing here on our Giving Circle webpage
- Special updates
- A yearly tax receipt
- The satisfaction of knowing that your dollars are hard at work
WHAT IS A-T?
Imagine a disease that combines the worst symptoms of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, immune deficiencies, and cancer. Children with A-T are usually confined to wheelchairs by age 10 and often do not survive their teens. Because A-T is a multi-system disease, scientists believe that A-T research will help more prevalent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, and cancer.