Esperanza (her name means hope) is sleepy after the ten hour all night drive from Guaymas in a crowded van.  Soon after she was born, a heart defect was discovered.  Some say it was miracle that Casa Franciscana was able to get her to Phoenix where the good Shriner doctors from Utah were holding a…

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Jose has cerebral palsy.  He was totally incapacitated and difficult for his family to care for him with his misshapen legs.  After treatment through the Shriners, he is able to walk with lightweight molded braces and special crutches that clip to his arms.  Jose is happy to attend school and to continue to receive treatment. …

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Maria was born with one leg shorter than the other. As a toddler, she would not walk because it caused pain to her hip and she cried with frustration. Her mother heard about the Casa Franciscana trips to Phoenix for specialized medical care. She took Maria to our clinic where she was enrolled in the…

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, Meet Araceli; she is one of the thousands of children in Mexico who have NEVER had shoes.  In the winter her little feet are cold and in the summer she scurries across the hot gravel and dirt and trash. This sweet child wants to go to school.  Even though it is…

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