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Marius is visiting Utah, and he’s excited to meet some of the people who have been supporting the effort to bring him here for treatment. We’re hosting two receptions and we’d love to see you and your family and friends at either one! Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided.
Sunday, Aug. 24th, 6-8 p.m.
The Utah House
920 S. 50 W.
Tuesday, Aug. 26th, 6-8 p.m.
The AVA Gallery
35 W. 100 S.
Today we had a visit from the Phoenix NBC affiliate. Here is the resulting story!
We wanted to update you on the arrival of Marius and some of the things we have been doing and of course the progress on the surgical front!! Let's start out with the arrival! Most of the Team Marius members were at the airport excitedly awaiting the arrival of the three Romanians. We could hardly believe it was actually here! Marius, Teo and Ionut arrived at about 5:30 and were a little overwhelmed and a lot exhausted but they were good sports about our enthusiasm!
This note and wonderful pictures came from Mindy in Romania on August 3rd at 8:30:
So about a half an hour ago we saw Ionut, Teo, and Marius go through security to get on their plane! Kristen, they were all so excited! The exhaustion and stress that Teo has been burdened with seemed to vanish and she seemed so relieved that it was finally happening! You have such a wonderful adventure ahead of you with these amazing boys! From the bottom of my heart I thank you for working so hard for this miracle to occur! We appreciate Team Marius so much! Thank you again and I hope to see you sometime in the near future! Have a wonderful day!
Click here and scroll to the bottom to see the additional pictures.
MARIUS IS COMING!! Marius, and Ionut and Teo will arrive at LAX on August 4th at 3:40 p.m. Team Marius families are going to be there as well as a group of Romanians from the community there in LA where word is spreading about his arrival along with lots of willingness to help. We think that is just terrific that they will have fellow Romanians to help them with their transition and share his culture, traditions, and language. These friends will be a great support in helping Marius adjust to the many changes! The process to get to this point has been long but the miracles myriad!
We’re writing with GREAT NEWS from Team Marius! The custody issue we have been dealing with for months has finally been resolved, and in our favor! We just received word that Marius’ brother, Ionut, has officially received custody of Marius, which was the final hurdle we needed to clear before getting visas processed. As you read in our last update, it has been a long road, but with invaluable dedication from both Teo, our interpreter, and Gabriela Barbu, the Romanian attorney who took Marius’ case, it’s been a success!
Marius is doing well and has been able to sit up in a wheelchair and go outside regularly. We received some great pictures. Click here and scroll to the bottom to see the latest.
The NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, KSL, included the story of Marius in their newscast last night (April 25th). You can read and/or watch it here.
The first segment of Utah Public Radio's feature on Marius ran this morning (4/21). You can listen to it here. The next segment will air Friday 4/25 at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Utah time.
The feature includes interviews with many members of TeamMarius and Maruis himself! You don't want to miss it!
We learned today, 3/26/08, that the Shriner's Hospital for children has accepted Maruis. More details to follow...