Miracle for Mateo is a 501(c)(3) public charity and nonprofit organization that was established in 2010 to support the Paredes Family when their son, Mateo Sebastian Paredes, came home on hospice care after spending the first four months of his life at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Baby Mateo was born with a rare congenital heart defect (CHD) called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and the added complication of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR). Since Mateo had been hospitalized for several months and required numerous medications and nursing care, his mother stopped working outside the home and became his primary caregiver and nurse full time throughout the nine months of Mateo's Journey .
After Mateo passed away in July 2010, the Paredes Family decided to use funds raised for Baby Mateo to begin supporting families enduring “the journey” in the hospital with a critically ill baby or child, waiting for transplant, or caring for a child while at home on hospice. Often, at least one parent decides to leave their professional position to be by their child's bedside during a lengthy hospitalization, and this puts a major strain on the family's finances. Miracle for Mateo does all things in memory of Baby Mateo and Megan Daddario, and to help provide financial support to families who are struggling because of their child's life threatening condition and lengthy hospitalization.
Megan Daddario was born with a Complex Congenital Heart Defect known as Double Outlet Right Ventricle. This means she was born with a single ventricle - or "half a heart" as she would say. Megan underwent three open heart surgeries by the time she was 18 months old, and following those surgeries were some difficult days that go with that time period. Megan was able to live a wonderful healthy life. Even though Megan lived with "half a heart," she had a huge love for other people and especially others with heart issues. Megan graduated from high school in 2010, and attended Eastern University in St. David's, PA in fall 2010, where she was planning to obtain her bachelor's degree in nursing.
Megan loved Baby Mateo from the first moment his name was mentioned in church and she knew she wanted to do whatever she could to support Mateo and his family. Little did she know, that less than 6 months following Mateo's passing, she would be facing a life threatening situation of her own. In December 2010, Megan began to experience fevers which by February 2011 would develop into Hodgkins Lymphoma. Megan fought this battle very hard until she went home to be with her God on June 16, 2011. In the 19 years of her life, Megan brought together people in her spirit and courage to live her life to the fullest...with faith til the end.
Miracle for Mateo provides financial support for families with dependent children who: have complex congenital heart disease or another life threatening illness, and are struggling through a lengthy hospitalization of greater than 30 days, are waiting for transplant, or who are living at home on hospice care. Miracle for Mateo accepts applications monthly and reviews completed applications on the third Tuesday of each month. At this time, Miracle for Mateo helps families in the Tri-State area (NJ, DE and PA). Miracle for Mateo provides assistance primarily with travel expenses, utility bills and hospital meals.
Megan Daddario was born with a Complex Congenital Heart Defect know as Double Outlet Right Ventricle. This means she was born with a single ventricle—or “half a heart” as she would refer to it. Megan underwent three open heart surgeries by the time she was 18 months old, and following those surgeries were
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