Peter Marquez is a happy 16-year-old, who loves to spend time with his family, watch T.V. and listen to music. Peter is just unable to enjoy most of what others take for granted. He has cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hydronephrosis and muscular dystrophy.

In Peter’s first few years of life, he couldn’t speak but was able to move and walk. Recently, his health has deteriorated significantly and he is now paralyzed from his neck down. Peter can only move his head and communicate with facial expressions. It is up to his family to help him with everyday chores, and it is a constant task to make sure he is comfortable and getting everything he needs.

As his condition has worsened, it has taken a toll on his mother, Aveta, who is his full-time caregiver. Aveta currently works part-time as a substitute teacher and her husband is a full-time caregiver for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s. She has considered working a second job but it will exhaust her, leaving her with little time to care for Peter.

Peter enjoys listening to music and watching T.V., so having a DVD player or CD player will make him happy and laugh with excitement. He loves listening to 70’s and 80’s music, which brings back memories of his late father.

Mahalo to everyone who donated to Peter Marquez and his family through our Little Things, Big Differences program! We’re so grateful for the community’s generosity and willingness to help in a meaningful way. A special thank you goes out to Peter’s social worker Danielle and Hospice Hawaii supporter Winnie Lee for gathering additional donations.