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Heysi Notario was really excited to participate in the 2014 Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center (SpoFit) IronKids event sponsored by United Healthcare. He found out about the event from Raising Special Kids Family Support Specialist, Dolores Rios Herrera who reached out to his family with a personal invitation. Heysi showed up to the event fully-prepared to have fun and to do his best. Also attending the event was Judie Walker, Ombudsman/ Member Advocate for United Healthcare Community Plan. Judie recalls seeing Heysi arrive, “I noticed how bulky his wheelchair was and asked him if that was the chair he used all the time and he said, ‘yes’.” As her conversation with Heysi continued, Judie found out that he is very interested in many types pf physical activities and a spark of an idea took hold with her. Judie reached out to some of her connections and within a short time, was able to arrange to have a lighter chair donated to Heysi. Now, it’s much easier for him to participate in the activities he enjoys and he’s even begun volunteering at the SpoFit. Judie and Heysi continue to keep in contact and Judie expressed her thanks, “Without Dolores’s efforts, we would never have met him. Thank you for making the connection to Heysi and his family.”

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