Valobra Master Jewelers has been blessed to be recently introduced to a beautiful, courageous young woman named Cecilia Trevino. Our friends and fellow community supporters at The Arts of Healing met Cecilia (who goes by Ceci) through their partnership with The Sunshine Kids here in Houston. (If you are unfamiliar with either The Arts of Healing or The Sunshine Kids, we highly encourage you to learn more and see the incredible works they do for pediatric patients).
Ceci Trevino has been active with The Arts of Healing, The Sunshine Kids, First Tee of Greater Houston, Texas Children’s Hospital and so many more since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2018 as a young girl and being treated at Texas Children’s Hospital in The Medical Center.
Ceci and her amazing parents, Jorge and Melissa, have since dedicated themselves to founding The Ceci Cares Foundation which raises money and runs toy drives for children at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has grown this organization by leaps and bounds since her first toy drive in 2019.
Valobra Master Jewelers was honored to host a Pictures with Santa and Toy drive on Saturday, December 4, 2021, benefiting The Ceci Cares Foundation and host the beautiful Trevino family. Ceci LOVES her Valobra jewels! Not only did we collect boxes full of toys, but owner Franco Valobra wrote a check for $1,000 to The Ceci Cares Foundation to purchase more toys to be given to children in need. Due to the amazing community support received, Ceci is now able to bring toys this holiday to not only kids at Texas Children’s Hospital Main Campus, but to Texas Children’s Hospital- West Campus and Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands. WAY TO GO CESI!
Ceci Trevino gave Franco a personal typed letter sharing her story as well as her heartfelt thank you. We wanted to share with you are letter……
“Hi, my name is Cecilia Trevino most people know me as Ceci, in 2018, I was treated for a brain tumor at Texas Children’s Hospital Main Campus. During my hospital stay, I was surprised by the love and care shown by family, friends, and even strangers. I am for grateful for all the prayers and good wishes. They work!
The gifts and surprises I received while I was in the hospital kept me distracted and helped me not be afraid and scared of the treatments I was going through; I was in the hospital for a while and had to go through several surgeries.
In 2019, I wanted to collect toys for kids who were being treated at the hospital, so I approached my parents asking for help on how to organize a toy drive so that we could bring a smile to the many kids going through a similar situation as I did. I started my collection at my school, St. Theresa, later reaching out to my family and friends. With everyone’s help, a donation of more than 350 toys was made to Texas Children’s.
I was so moved by the response in 2019 that I wanted to do it again in 2020. My goal was to donate one more toy than in 2019. To my surprise more than 750 toys and $400 were collected and donated to the hospital.
My goal is for kids not to be sad or feel they are alone in their fight.
A good friend of mine Sofia Carson once told me, that the reason why God has us here on earth, is to help others! That is why my Foundation’s slogan is Caring is the Key! We need to care for each other.
Mr. Valobra, thank you again for everything, thank you for helping me and my friends this Holiday Season!”
For more information on The Ceci Cares Foundation and ways you can support, visit www.cecicares.org