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A Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patient reunited with his mother just in time for Christmas thanks to Mia’s Miracles, a foundation created by prominent golfer Camilo Villegas and his wife Maria Ochoa in honor of their late daughter Mia. After spending more than four months away from his family in Honduras for treatment, Alex was surprised by his mother Dilcia during a routine visit to his oncologist for a checkup.
Dilcia, who was unable to travel earlier due to COVID-19, visa restrictions, and financial challenges, was ecstatic to see her son again for the first time for the holidays.
“I don’t have enough words to thank everybody at Nicklaus Children’s for everything they have done for our son Alex while he was away from us. Everybody here has been heaven sent and there’s no price for that,” said Dilcia.
“This is the best Christmas gift ever. I’m blessed to have my mom here with me as I finish my last chemo treatment,” said Alex.
Alex and Dilcia are among the first families to receive support from Mia’s Miracles Foundation who partnered with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to provide support services to families with financial needs.
Mia’s Miracles was established to provide small blessings with large impacts, bringing smiles and positivity to children and families facing challenging circumstances. The partnership program, Mia’s Blessings, provides emergency funds to families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital so they do not have to choose between their child’s medical care and other expenses. Support helps cover transportation, food and hygiene products, lodging, and as needed, funeral and memorial services.
Mia’s Blessings also includes an “Adopt-a-Family” element to make a greater impact in the life of a family, as well as Miracle Flights to ensure parents/guardians from other countries can be with their child as they receive world-class care at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
“We’re extremely grateful to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for the care and love they gave to our family, most importantly to Mia. We want to return our blessings and gratitude by helping other families that are facing similar difficult situations,” said Camilo and Maria. “Nicklaus Children’s Hospital not only focuses on healing their patients physically but also wants to make them happy and comfortable. This is all possible due to their incredible staff! We couldn’t be more grateful to partner with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in honoring Mia’s legacy by giving back to children and families during challenging times.”
“We admire Camilo and Maria Villegas for their commitment to honoring baby Mia’s legacy by creating miracles for families in need at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital,” said Matthew Love, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “Mia’s Miracles will provide much needed support to many families going through economic hardship who turn to Nicklaus Children’s during a critical time in their child’s health.”
Learn more about Mia's Miracles here: https://www.mias-miracles.org/