ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) – “She looks very Spider-man. Her brother is obsessed with Spider-man,” said Adriana Nieto, a parent at Ronald McDonald House Charities about her daughter Ariana. “She is very funny. Very, very fun. Right now, she’s obsessed with pirates. “That’s what keeps two-year-old Ariana Navarro distracted.” Back then [Ariana] was born, she had her newborn screening done. She had severe combined immunodeficiency – shorter for SCID – so, which means she can not really be out everywhere because she could get bacterial infections. Everything will hurt her. It can even be fatal for her, ”she said.
After chemotherapy and lots of love from the family and Ronald McDonald House Charities from Tampa Bay, Ariana says she looks forward to seeing Spider-man personally and for herself.
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“She is a strong 2-year-old to go through this. Without knowing why she can not go outside and play, go to a store and pick out what she wants. Play with other children, her siblings.”
Thursday is National Superhero Day and RMHC is celebrating their super kids.
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“It’s because of the amazing bravery and courage that our children have here at Ronald McDonald’s House,” explained Bryanna Tramontana, Head of Volunteer Services at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Tampa Bay. “While they may not always be wearing artful costumes, again, the bravery and the courage they have to be here day in and day out – we want to remind them that they are still doing incredible things.”
Serving families with children seeking medical care at area hospitals, Ronald McDonald House Charities helps parents like Adriana see a brighter future for the little hero in their eyes.
“I’m grateful. Because we live like two hours out and all they’ve done for me and for her,” Adriana said. “I do not want to cry, but … I really want her to go out there and experience all she can do. “
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