Watch as this Monrovia student with cerebral palsy is surprised with specialized standing chair
Nine-year-old Jose De Anda excitedly waved to his classmates as they cheered his name during a special assembly for him Tuesday afternoon – “Jose! Jose! Jose!” The fourth-grader was surprised with a mobile stander in front of his classmates and friends at Mayflower Elementary, all thanks to the community but especially the Monrovia Police Officers Association.
“He feels really happy and motivated when he’s upright,” said mom Hellen De Anda. “He’ll be able to make eye contact with kids at school and at his church.”
De Anda has cerebral palsy and was using a special standing chair for an hour a day during physical therapy. Unfortunately, his insurance could not cover a chair of his own so school resource officer James Ruano of the Monrovia Police Department approached the Monrovia Police Officer’s Association (MPOA) to help get him his own chair.