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Medical, school and family. These have been the themes for Rosa and Eric Lott -- parents of 11 year-old Lian. From a down syndrome diagnosis to open heart surgery, Rosa and Eric jumped into parenthood with the odds stacked against them. "All of life changed," explained Eric. Rosa and Eric's commitment to one another and to their newborn son carried them through extensive hospital stays, in-home therapies, specialist appointments and financial struggles.

As Lian got older, his diagnoses increased, and so did the family's stress. "It got to the point where I needed help," said Rosa, so she joined her first VELA course. Alongside other parents, Rosa learned to better understand Lian. She learned how to build a team with his therapists and specialists and received the emotional support she needed. Rosa shared all of this with Eric, who then joined VELA's evening courses. Together, they became Lian's greatest advocates. Finding their voice was life changing, for themselves and for Lian.

VELA believes all families of children with special needs should have access to knowledge, resources, support and community. 1 in 5 children nationally have a special need. VELA's goal is to serve thousands of new families in 2019. But we need YOU to make it happen. Help us raise $5,000 to by 12.31.18 to empower families like Lian's- every dollar raised will be matched!

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