Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are Approaching

Maria’s Story

My name is Maria J. Gamero, I am a 31 year old living with Cerebral Palsy. Ever since I can remember I have had to find ways to overcome the challenges that come along with my disability.  The world see’s my “needs” as a limitation, I simply see them as just a “bigger” bump in the road. Over the years, I have come to accept that I am a special individual who will always need for someone to be there to lend a helping hand.  Those that have ever had the need to have someone take care of their most basic needs would tell you that it takes a very special person to take on this role. Luckily, I have been fortunate enough to have my very own “special person”, my Refugio Gamero. 

My Mother is one of a kind, there has never been a time that I have felt alone in this world, if you see me then you will very likely see my mother within close proximity. When I am happy, I turn to her, when I am in need I turn to her, she is always ready to do for me what I am unable to do for myself. There is nothing that she does for me that I take for granted, actually I know that many times she puts my needs before her own. 

My story would not be complete if I left out the times that my frustrations get the best of me and I selfishly take them out on her, but even then she is wonderful and continues to show me unconditional love and understanding. She knows my frustrations because she lives them with me every day, and every day with her love and devotion she helps me get through them, reminding me that life is too precious to waste.

I believe my mother is an angel, one who was put on this earth to be my representative, my voice and my defender against all odds. Words are simply not enough to express how blessed I feel for having someone who sees the potential 

in me and that reminds me that the only limits are the ones that we set for ourselves. Her love is unconditional, and her dedication a representation of the bond that can only occur between a mother and child. 
                         -Maria J. Gamero

Honor your parents with a custom made card from VALLEYLIFE Members

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are the two days a year set aside to honor our parents. As a way of honoring your parent or the person who filled that role, make a donation to VALLEYLIFE in their memory or name.  Your gift, while appreciated on that day, will do amazing things for our Members for the days, weeks and months to come.  We will send a special Member designed card to your recipient if your gift is received on or before May 5, 2017 for Mother’s Day or on or before June 12, 2017 for Father’s Day.  To make your gift today contact Margaret Stephens-Reed at 602-331-2414 or via email at mreed@valleylifeaz.org.

​At VALLEYLIFE, everyone matters. No person in our community should ever be overlooked or ignored because of a physical or mental disability. Sadly, every day here in Arizona, that’s exactly what happens.

Without VALLEYLIFE, many of those we serve would be forgotten, abandoned, or become homeless or imprisoned.

VALLEYLIFE is a nonprofit organization that provides premier services to individuals with disabilities to enhance their quality of life. We are committed to helping people with disabilities in our community by enriching their lives with rewarding experiences and valuable opportunities. We enable them to live a life with choices, independence and dignity. Our services are delivered through our caring and dedicated staff, specialized programs and advocacy.

VALLEYLIFE is a 501(c)3 organization. Since 1947, we have been assisting individuals with disabilities in the greater Phoenix community in the pursuit of a full and meaningful life.

VALLEYLIFE also operates a commercial printing company, Williams Express Document & Print Services, as well as an on-site production center, and janitorial, landscaping and pool services.

Our Members


Our members represent diverse ethnic backgrounds and range in age from one to more than 86 years old. VALLEYLIFE members’ diagnoses range from physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities, to behavioral health diagnoses, age-related conditions, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. 

We service a full range of disabilities and by supporting such a broad spectrum of individuals; we have an in depth understanding of how disability affects each person’s life and what support they need. This allows us to successfully customize our state-of-the-art, innovative offerings to fit the unique goals of each and every person we serve. Additionally, without focusing on a specific disability, we are able to serve a greater number of people. 

At VALLEYLIFE, we understand that while our members may all have very different diagnoses, they all share the need to live full, happy and independent lives, and we are dedicated to ensuring their success. 

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