La Paz News: CRIT Baja California Sur (Jan 12, 2011)
La Paz city is proud to be the home of a facility to help disabled children. CRIT Baja California Sur was made with all the love and contribution from everyone in Mexico throughout the Teleton program. Our colleague Antonio Galaz, from the Coldwell Banker Riveras office in La Paz is sharing with us the news about this center.
CRIT Baja California Sur
I remember the first time I heard about the Teleton program and the CRIT center (Child Rehabilitation Center Teleton, for its initials in Spanish). I also remember watching the program with my family that day, being touched by the stories… and happily smile to the reached goal! Much has passed since that day over eleven years ago.
Year after year I saw the event on TV and contributed with whatever means I had at hand. Expectations grew and so did the generosity of all who participated not only within Mexico but help came from other countries as well! Over the years, the money raised allowed for more CRIT centers to be built all over the country resulting in many children being helped throughout therapy and rehabilitation. Results were building up and what I will always remember is the final result of several thousands of children with a better quality of life and with the ability to care for themselves. And I knew that whatever I had given, whatever we had contributed, was worth it.
Imagine how surprised I was when I knew that the first CRIT center in all the Baja California Peninsula was to be built in La Paz city!
In a colorful and touching ceremony on November 23rd, First Lady Margarita Zavala, Baja California Sur Governor Narciso Agúndez and Teleton Foundation President Fernando Landeros, cut the ribbon of a beautiful center built with the hopes and dreams of all Mexico. Designed with a starfish shape and bathed by the Sea of Cortes waters, it sits on a 5.2 hectares terrain with over 4,700 sq mts of closed rehabilitation rooms and therapy facilities. It is planning to attend 500 patients from ages 1 month old to 18 years old with neuromusculoskeletal disabilities, offering comprehensive rehabilitation to promote their full development and integration into society. Patients will receive the unique care, quality of treatments and human warmth characteristics of the medical model by the CRIT system.
It will begin operations on February 17th, 2011 and will attend children with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, childbirth problems, muscular dystrophy and amputation problems. Some of the specialties of the CRIT center will be pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology and human communication, among others. Doctors will try to standardize the clinical criteria in which each patient will be attended and with the help of different types of therapies, programs and stimulations, they will reach better results in a shorter period of time.
Construction of this center lights the hope of many parents with disabled children and represents an opportunity for them to live a normal life. The dream is far from being over, it has just begun and I am sure we will hear many stories of love, friendship, courage and leadership taking place in this center, and we will be able to witness the growth of a more tolerant and compassionate society.
As we are part of this dream, it is important to continue its support by donating our time, money or means to keep it growing and helping. Did you know that another way of helping is by donating hair? Pelonton is a program within the system that collects braided hair to make oncological wigs for cancer patients. If you would like to help, you can donate your braided clean and dry hair to this noble cause. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Remember, the best of you makes Mexico a better country.
If you have a friend or a relative that could use the services by the CRIT, feel free to contact them by phone at (612) 175-0910. Inscriptions are open and all children are welcome!
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