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Children's Hospital Central California and CVS/Pharmacy Wheelchair Fund Featured in "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
Date:3/8/2009

ncredible fund," said Designer John "Johnny" Littlefield. "This fund will last for decades to come."

While the crew worked on their home, the Riojas family vacationed in Colorado. Mary Ann received word of the donation via a special video recording by Johnny and fellow designer Didiayer "Didi" Snyder taped at Children's Hospital Central California.

Didi and Johnny toured the Children's Hospital Center where Mary Ann worked and spent time with her former coworkers and the kids. Later they visited the Rehabilitation Center gym at Children's Hospital Central California where more than a hundred people had gathered. There they met patients Stellan Goss, 2, of Squaw Valley, California; Madison Moore, 5, of Bakersfield, California; and Miguel Garduno, 5 of Gustine, California. Those three children were the first to benefit from the Riojas Wheelchair Fund.

Due to Stellan's seizure disorder, the Goss family spends a lot of time at Children's Hospital Central California but the purpose of this trip was a surprise.

"We didn't quite know what was going on when we got to the hospital," said John Goss, Stellan's father. "It was a very humbling experience."

Stellan's mother Melissa added, "We feel really fortunate to be benefiting from this fund. The hospital has done great things for our son."

The gift of a new wheelchair couldn't have come at a better time for Miguel. The active 5-year-old, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident at age 18 months, had grown out of his wheelchair. Miguel is receiving a sporty chair.

Madison had been using a pink loaner wheelchair for the past two years so this is her first wheelchair. The 5-year-old developed a form of meningitis called meningococcemia when she was 5 months. She eventually went into septic shock, which led to the amputation of both legs and several fingers. Madison's parents met Mary
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