*Update: Amanda's trip has been postponed, but we're still raising funds to make this a fishing trip to look forward to!*
Amanda's father, Jorge Corrales, originally contacted legendary fisherman Flip Pallot for advice about helping his daughter Amanda. After hearing his family's story, Flip referred him to the Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation.
Jorge's daughter, Amanda, was just 13 months old when she was in a car accident and suffered brain damage. As a result, her left arm doesn't work properly. She is hemiplegic and has cerebral palsy. She can't use her left wrist and has no ability to grasp with that hand. She loves boating and fishing and enjoyed watching "Spanish Fly," including the episodes that Krissy Wejebe appeared on with her dad. She would like to fish more, but tackle is not designed for someone who has limited use of one arm.
She has three brothers - ages 21, 19 and 14. They are very close and always bonded through the outdoors and fishing.
Amanda goes to a special needs school, Great High Academy, and receives physical, occupational and speech therapy. She is only on one medication to help prevent seizures and is doing pretty well.
This family fits perfectly into the mission statement of the Foundation. Amanda is a child who certainly has a life impacting challenge. She is now 13 years old . Her family clearly finds strength in being on the water together, enjoying the ocean environment through fishing.
In order to maximize Amanda's fishing experience, the Foundation reached out to a uniquely qualified expert, Courtney Marie Martin. She sustained a severe injury to her left arm in 2005 as an adult. Courtney's arm required multiple surgeries to reattach it. Finally, after multiple failed surgeries her arm was reattached in 2006. Courtney had only three weeks of physical therapy. It was stopped because of lack of mobility in her arm. She did not let that stop her. She pushed herself to make progress, adapt to new ways of doing things and continue her career as a firefighter. Her passion as a hunter, angler and conservationist blends perfectly with her career as an artist.
Courtney will be accompanying Amanda and her family on her scheduled April 10-15 fishing trip with Capt. Jared Cyr. She will be able to show Amanda ways to adapt her fishing technique, figuring out what will work best for her condition, and learning from each other. It should prove to be a wonderful experience for all involved.
There is an opportunity to sponsor this family's trip. Your company or business will show as the sponsor of this multiple day, all inclusive family fishing trip in the Florida Keys.