To Make Someone Happy

Frances Alvarez has a plan, she intends every day: to make someone happy.

“Even though I have a disability, I love people,” said the 25-year-old woman from North Miami Beach. “I love to make them laugh, and sometimes that’s all it takes to fix someone’s day: make them smile or laugh, make a difference.”

Physical therapist Kim White of Broward Health Medical Center helps Samantha Gonzalez in her speech and occupational therapy classes.

Physical therapist Kim White of Broward Health Medical Center helps Samantha Gonzalez in her speech and occupational therapy classes. C.M. GUERRERO cmguerrero@elnuevoherald.com

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Alvarez, who is almost blind due to an inoperable brain tumor, is the one who smiles because someone has followed suit.

After reading her story in the Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald Wish Book series in early December, Alexandra Esteve, vice president of marketing and e-commerce at Headquarter Toyota, donated $ 3,600 to cover the cost of a special Pro team for the blind or people with low vision, to help Alvarez read with her good eye.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind shipped the equipment to her house as well as training instructions on how to use it, by Friday the 23rd, the day before Christmas Eve.






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