Turning frowns upside down— that is the happy goal of Mark’s Miracles Family Fun Day on Sunday, Mar. 9, noon to 6 p.m., at Hacienda Guadalupe – Classic Fino Equestrian Academy, 6401 SW 125 Ave. in Horse Country.
The event will feature live entertainment, food galore, a dominoes tournament, hay rides and pony rides, bounces houses, vendors and even an exhibition of beautiful Paso Fino horses.
The event is aimed at helping 11-yearold South Miami boy named Mark Coiras, who has been suffering from a severe illness for more than three years.
Primarily, Mark suffers from Pseudotumor Cerebri, a severe elevation of the pressure in the spinal fluid that contributes to extreme migraines, muscular pain and vision difficulties up to and including permanent blindness. He also suffers from the painful disease of fibromyalgia and several other conditions.
Mark has undergone repeated hospitalizations, numerous surgeries, must take a powerful but exhausting course of medicines, and regularly has to have lumbar punctures (similar to spinal taps) to remove fluid and lower his intracranial pressure.
Now, Mark and his family have been prescribed a series of treatments at the National Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, one of the few hospitals that specializes in treating Mark’s condition. But the travel costs are great, piled on top of already astronomical medical bills.
That’s where Mark’s “Miracle Workers” come into play. That’s the name Mark has given to the literally hundreds of South Florida residents who have rallied around him — providing prayers, raising funds and supporting the whole Coiras family as they travel this difficult path.
Mark’s Miracle Workers have created a Family Fun Day unlike any other seen in the area. Games, music, food and fun — all to help out a young man whose needs are great, but asks for so little.
The cost is $1 for children and $2 for adults.