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Watch as this Monrovia student with cerebral palsy is surprised with specialized standing chair

Mar 28, 2017 Matt Clarke

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.

Nine-year-old Jose De Anda, who has cerebral palsy, enjoys a moment with his aid Judy Krauletz after being surprised with a new standing wheelchair at Mayflower Elementary School in Monrovia on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The school’s Resource Officer James Ruano and the Monrovia Police Officer Association raised $3,500 to buy the Rifton chair which allows him to be in a forward standing position. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)