Meet the Season for Caring agency: Any Baby Can

Liliana, mother and husband Juan with their children Jesus, 2, and Juan Diego, 9 in their Austin home. The De La Paz family has two sons with spinal muscular atrophy, which is a genetic disorder that limits their mobility. Jesus, 2, and his brother Juan Diego, 9, have a life expectancy of about 20. Erich Schlegel/For American-Statesman

Liliana De La Paz, mother and husband Juan Martínez Domínguez with their children Jesus, 2, and Juan Diego, 9 in their Austin home.
Erich Schlegel/For American-Statesman

Each year, Season for Caring partners with local nonprofit agencies and invites them to nominated up to three families. Any Baby Can is one of our longest partnerships.

Any Baby Can strengthens parents and their children through in-home therapies, resource navigation and family support services. Its services are provided through home-visitation programs, community classes and support groups.

Some of the groups it serves are children with developmental delays, children with hearing loss, children with chronic illness, children with cancer, mothers with postpartum depression, first-time pregnant moms, parents wanting to learn parenting skills and more.

This year, Any Baby Can nominated the Martínez De La Paz family. Both 9-year-old Juan Diego and 2-year-old Jesús have spinal muscular atrophy type 2. Their life expectancy is 20 and Juan Diego is now using a wheelchair and a ventilator. Read more about this family here .

Their wish list:

Real estate attorney to help establish family’s ownership of current residence; accessible home with ramps, wider doorways and accessible bathrooms; legal assistance to help complete immigration status for parents; gift cards to H-E-B, Wal-Mart and gas stations; two specialty adjustable memory foam twin mattress; twin bedroom set for Jesús and Juan Diego; two memory foam pillows; two electric blankets; dresser/drawers to store medical equipment; black or brown recliner; pub-style dining table for four that wheelchairs can fit under; children’s chairs and table set; blender; boys clothes, sizes 10 and 3 toddler; boys shoes, sizes 13 and 6; women’s clothes, size medium; men’s clothes, size large; two fishing poles and lures; toys like Legos and cars; and a Disney World vacation.

For more information on Any Baby Can or to give an item on the wish list, contact the agency at  512-454-3743, anybabycan.org

To give a monetary donation, go to the donation page at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.