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

Ann during her time in the hospital and were encouraged by all she had accomplished.

"I think Mary Ann is an inspiration," said Didi. "If she can do it, truly you can do it too. I think that's the message her story tells."

Wheelchairs can cost several thousand dollars depending on a child's needs, according to Christy Shimono, senior product manager, Quickie Designs/Sunrise Medical in Fresno, California. The company manufactures pediatric wheelchair products and provided the chairs for the patients.

This fund will help families who do not have the resources to purchase wheelchairs for their children.

Madison and Miguel showed off their flashy new chairs, complete with bright, kid friendly colors. The duo raced each other in front of television cameras and a cheering crowd.

While these parents learned their children would receive brand new wheelchairs, the work continued on the Riojas home. Among the volunteers were Mary Ann's former Children's Hospital Center co-workers.

"It's a new beginning for a great friend," said Children's Hospital Center Employee Kenya Combs. "I know her house was really narrow, now it will give her extended freedom to move around the house."

Riojas, the 2005 Easter Seals Ambassador, worked as an office assistant at the Children's Hospital Center when it opened in 2003. She currently works with the Fresno Housing Authority but visits often with her children, Nichole, Victoria, Angel and Jessie.

This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" aired on Sunday, March 8 on ABC, whose local affiliate is ABC30.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Rea
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