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Where are they now? ARIANNA

Arianna when she was first diagnosed with liver disease.

You would have to look pretty hard to find someone who has as good of a spirit as Arianna.  At seven years old she had a liver transplant. Her parents had to relocate near Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and stayed with Steven’s Hope.  It was about a three month stay while she recovered.  

For Arianna, the memories of that critical time are good ones. Even while living in a place that wasn’t home, it felt like one, complete with Christmas presents for the whole family. Now turning 23 in August, Arianna works as a waitress in one of the restaurants at Soboba Casino. Her life’s journey has inspired her to go back to school for nursing in Pediatric Oncology. 

She now lives with her fiance and his daughter and loves being a “mom”. 

Arianna, today, doing well and loving life.


Health-wise, she’s doing great aside from a few health problems outside of the liver transplant.  Overall, doing very well. Her liver transplant doctor has her on the lowest dose possible of anti-rejection medication. Trying to live the most normal life she can being a mom and paying bills, all that fun stuff. 

Arianna, her “daughter” and boyfriend.

Arianna when she was staying at the Steven’s Hope apartments.

Where Are They Now?

There have been a lot of families that have come through the Steven’s Hope for Children apartments.  Each child and family has unique situations and stories of how they came to know Steven’s Hope. Many of those stories had been shared either in person, in print, on line or on this website. 

Looking back over the last 17 years, we wondered what happened to all these families.  While many of the children came through their health challenges, many did not, leaving a whole in the family.  Some stayed in the area, some moved on.  

Recently, Steven’s Hope began reaching out to many of the families that were assisted since that first apartment in 2003.  Happily,  many of the families were very anxious to share their stories of where they are now as a family: how they have changed, healed, moved on and never forgotten the kindness and generosity they received from Steven’s Hope.

So, since all of you are the only reason Steven’s Hope was able to reach out help any of these families, we are announcing that during the first week of June, a new “series” called ‘Where are they now’ will be posted on this (and the soon to be launched new website).  We will highlight the family stories and update everyone with pictures and videos sent to SHFC from the families.  

Remember, visit the website or watch y0ur social media platforms to find out about “Where are they now??

El Torito Hosts St Patrick’s Day Event

Steven’s Hope is once again returning to El Torito Restaurant in Ontario, CA to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The fundraising event will feature an all-you-can-eat Mexican/Irish buffet.  It all happens on March 17. 

“This year puts us over the ten year mark doing this event with El Torito,” said co-founder and Executive Director, Tony Cappelli.  “Proceeds from these events have made a real difference to families dealing with a child needing a heart transplant, or receiving chemotherapy.  For many that travel in from out of state or out of the country, Steven’s Hope is the closest thing they have to home and a family, so proceeds from this event are very important.”

The all day family friendly service begins with the traditional El Torito buffet but will have the additions of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes along with all the traditional Mexcian food El Torito is known for.   There will be raffles and contests and music lots of green stuff – including green beer.

Walk-ins guests are welcome but reservations are highly recommended, especially between 5PM and 7PM.  To make reservations call the restaurant at 909-944-9102. 

DATE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
LOCATION: El Torito, 3680 Inland Empire Drive, Ontario, CA 91764  909-944-9102
TIME:  Food service: 11AM-9PM.

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Golf Registration Is Online And Open

Registration for players and/or sponsorships for the 17th Annual Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic are available now.  For the first time ever, participants can register online for golf, sponsorships, player packages, and enter in the names of their foursomes.  

“We’ve wanted to do online registration for several years and now, it’s active,” said Executive Director, Tony Cappelli.  “And, it’s very easy to use.”

To get information about the golf tournament visit the Golf Page
To get information about who is registered, visit the Sponsor Page

To register as an individual, foursome or a sponsor, visit the Register Page
To volunteer for the event, visit the Golf Volunteer page.

17th Annual Golf Tournament May 6 at Red Hill Country Club.

Golf Is Coming

FINISH STRONG Last Chance To Impact 2015

As the year comes to a close, Steven’s Hope announces a new project to transition from 2015 to 2016. Even though 2015 was a good year, FINISH STRONG 2015 asks everyone to consider donating financial support one more time to enter 2016 in a strong financial position.  Specifically, donations are being requested for any of three specific target areas to make the most impact.


Thanksgiving Time of Sharing for Families

Thank you to Hearts of Lala's Rainbow for making this possible!

Thank you to Hearts of Lala’s Rainbow for making this possible!

Thanks to the help of Hearts of Lala’s Rainbow,  several families being assisted by Steven’s Hope for Children were able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

The Leyva family was one of the several that came to pick up their feast to prepare at their home.

Paisley Mae Released to Go Home

For the hundreds of followers of her story, the post heart transplant recovery of Paisley Mae has gone so well, doctors at Loma Linda University Medical Center have released her to return to her real home in the high desert.

Paisley has made a fast recovery from a devastating condition which required her to be on an external artificial heart while waiting for a donor match. During Paisley’s long stay in the hospital, her parents, Rick and Charity, stayed in a Steven’s Hope apartment.  Ten days after the transplant, Paisley was allowed to “move-in” with her parents at their home away from home until this past week.

Updated details can be found on the family’s Facebook page (A Change of Heart for Paisley Mae).

New Project To Help Families Announced

Steven’s Hope has announced a new project designed to help families of seriously ill children throuighout the year.  The project called Wonderland All Year, or The WAY Project will assist families with $100 of grocery cards, gas cards and clothing cards to the Children’s Boutique at Steven’s Hope every month.  Additionally, families will receive additional benefits at birthdays and various holidays. The project will begin January 1, 2013 and will benefit ten families from southern California.

Noah Goes Home Then Returns To Hospital

OCTOBER 5, 2012:  If you’ve been following the story of Noah, the little boy from Apple Valley, here is your update.

The stem cell treatments went well and he returned home. However after two weeks home, he was readmitted to the hospital.  We will keep you updated as we find out information.