In the beginning of 2017, Ricky was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). AVM is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, which disrupts normal blood flow and oxygen circulation. An arteriovenous malformation can develop anywhere in your body but occurs most often in the brain or spine. Complications from this condition have impacted Ricky’s ability to walk and play sports, his fine motor skills, and vision, which in turn affect practical aspects of learning such as reading and writing.

To support Ricky’s learning, his school reached out to Variety requesting funding to purchase a MacBook Laptop. This laptop will serve as a device that will be instrumental to Ricky’s learning now and when he enters junior high. With the MacBook, Ricky can utilize e-books, which can be read allowed to him, access support for composing assignments and play with art apps so that he can express his love for art without needing to use his hand-eye coordination.

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