MIAMI - After surviving Hurricane Maria, the Gonzalez family is now praying for the survival of their infant daughter, Analia.
Analia was born prematurely at just 24 weeks.
Soon after her birth, the Gonzalez family was informed that their baby girl had Retinopathy of Prematurity, a disease that affects the vision of premature babies.
Analia underwent a laser treatment, but it didn't work.
The only option was a highly specialized surgery that wasn't available in their native Puerto Rico.
With the help of FEMA, the Gonzalez family left the island after Hurricane Maria struck and made it to Miami. They are staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida.
Analia is awaiting the surgery that can save her sight.
The Gonzalez family is just one of the more than 30,000 families the RMHC has helped since 1982.
The RMHC will celebrate its 35th anniversary at an evening gala of fine dining, signature cocktails and live entertainment.
The gala will take place Oct. 21 at the University of Miami's Donna E. Shalala Student Center at 1330 Miller Drive in Coral Gables. It begins at 6 p.m.
The mission of the RMHC is to improve the health and well-being of children and their families in South Florida and beyond. RMHC helps loved ones stay together, as a family, in an environment of comfort, compassion, strength and support.
For more information about attending the gala and how to support RMHC and its volunteer programs, visit https://rmhcsouthflorida.org.
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