The Spirit of Giving Touches Hearts at San Gabriel Mission High School
San Gabriel Mission High School is collecting toys in honor of Maceo Bleu, an energetic 12 year old that has fought to be alive. He was born with a rare congenital heart defect and was not expected to live. He has been through many surgeries, including 6 open heart surgeries. His mother, Monique Esparza, Mission High Alum (Class of 1999), along with his family have spent many Christmas’ with Maceo in the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. They are grateful and continue to give back to the place that has given them so much.
According to his mom, Maceo is now in junior high and attending a normal school for the first time in a while. He is still in managed heart failure, but holding strong. Maceo is now part of the UCLA failed heart clinic to keep a better eye on him. Unfortunately, he has pulmonary hypertension which further complicates his future, but he is on a series of medications to help hold that steady. Maceo is truly thriving in all areas and is really working hard to give back as much as he can. His mom shared that Maceo loves to go to Starbucks with her and buy the coffee for the person behind them. When the barista asked him why he wanted to do that Maceo simply says, “Because God blessed me and let me live so I want to make people happy.”
SGMHS will continue to collect toys until mid-December for the Esparza family to pick up and take them to Children’s Hospital. The students, faculty and staff thank the Esparza family for letting them be a part of this amazing gift of giving for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Cardiac Unit (also known as the heart babies) and the Ronald McDonald House. We hope these gifts sprinkle some joy this holiday season.