Central Texas family raises money for child's bucket list

Posted at 7:46 PM, May 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 00:36:36-04

Elaina Castilleja and her siblings were adopted by her grandparents after she was abused by her mother.

"She was a normal baby, but suffered a fractured skull and shaken baby syndrome, which left her with Cerebral Palsy and blind at five months old," her grandmother, Rebecca Villarreal-Ortiz said.

Villerreal-Ortiz and the rest of the family were told she wouldn't make it past her first birthday but Elaina surpassed it by eight years.

Unfortunately, Elaina's time is running low, so her family has created a Gofundme and is reaching out to Central Texas for help.

"I was always brought up that if you wanted something you have to go out and get it yourself," Villarreal-Ortiz said.

But with medical bills piling up, and Elaina's life losing days they are hoping a go-fund-me account may help get Elaina to the Grand Canyon.

"Because even though she can't see. her hearing sees for her," Villarreal-Ortiz said.

Elaina's body is folding in half which will eventually kill her.

She is currently at a 35 degree angle and doctor's say it's only going to get worse.

"Who would ever dream of adopting and fighting for your grandkids and knowing that you have to say goodbye to one of them," Villarreal-Ortiz said.

That's why Elaina's grandparents are hoping that before good bye comes they are able to have a few good days.

"We have to do a bucket list for her so her brothers will remember her. her smiling, her laughing and not where she is in pain," Villarreal-Ortiz said.

"To help her fulfill her bucket list for her brother's and sisters is to make it a better day," Ortiz said.

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