Mailman Center's Patient's Big Smile Attracts Big-Hearted Donors (FL UCEDD/LEND)

February 4, 2016

Wildine Amoithe, a regular patient at the Mailman Center for Child Development, has a genetic condition known as achondroplasia that has kept her from growing more than 30 inches tall. Despite her small stature, however, the 12-year-old sixth-grader has an outsized smile that touched the hearts of some generous Miami-Dade residents who read about her during the recent holiday season in the Miami Herald Wish Book feature.

"I nominated her, and the Herald chose her as one of the people in need they wanted to feature," said Shelly Baer, a social worker at the Mailman Center. Wildine had important needs "a power wheelchair, some renovation to the home where she and her parents live to make it easier for her to get around, and a computer and printer for her school work."