Fabulous and Fifty
50 years old is a significant milestone to celebrate, especially when the doctors and experts said you probably wouldn’t get to see your third birthday. Martha celebrated hers in true Hollywood fashion, complete with red carpet and glamour!
Her parents, Rom and Meli Colindres, were eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child, but weren’t expecting the news of Down syndrome and a severe heart condition when she was born. As new parents they navigated the world of disabilities the best they could, and then taking a leap of faith, placed Martha in the care of Holy Angels, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.
Even though Martha has had many successes and celebrations in her life, she has also had some devastating setbacks. She’s battled several medical issues over the years, including corneal transplants and her severe heart condition.
Today at 50, Martha is still going strong! This strong-willed, determined woman can still can be found working at one of our business enterprises including the Cotton Candy Factory and Spruced Goose Station - Gifts & Art Studio in McAdenville. Her family credits Holy Angels unconditional love, guidance, support and education for making Martha the woman she is today - Fifty and Fabulous!
Two Hearts, One Love, One Home
Barry and his wife, Susan, were blindsided in the winter of 1986 when Helen was born. She cried a lot, her eyes didn’t track, and her head was small. Doctors said she was cortically blind and profoundly intellectually developmentally delayed. As parents they learned to cope, negotiate doctors, insurance companies and hospitals.
Being told by their doctors that Helen’s disabilities could not happen again, they had Emily in 1990. Emily was born with the same diagnosis. There were now two special hearts to love with double the care. It became overwhelming caring for two children with delicate medical conditions as well as their oldest daughter, Sarah (without disabilities).
One day riding through Gaston County, Barry saw the HOLY ANGELS hedges and decided to do a little research. He visited, introduced himself to a social worker, and shared Helen’s story, who was then placed on a waiting list. Two years later Barry returned and shared he now had two daughters with disabilities. Helen was admitted at age four. Emily joined her sister at Holy Angels in 1993 when she was three.
Barry shares, “Holy Angels has been a critical source of comfort for me and my family. We were able to BE a family because of them.” When asked what home means to Barry he says, “Home is made up of the people, not the structure. Holy Angels caregivers, nurses and staff take the burden off families so they can be the best for their family.”