In her eight years, Maya Rose has visited doctors and medical professionals all over New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia in pursuit of a diagnosis and treatment for an unknown illness that has significantly disrupted her normal child development. After being abandoned by her mother, a close friend, Kevin Jong, began a campaign to get Alex’s beloved daughter the support and treatment she needs. Since then, people all over the internet, news personalities, and celebrities have lent their support to this little girl and her determined, loving father.
The Maya Rose Project is not a major nonprofit with a wide donor base and a strong staff of professionals—it consists of Alex Dwek and his dedication to finding a way to help his daughter, whose unknown illness has stumped experts around the country. However, groundbreaking developments abroad offer promising results that could ultimately help treat Maya's condition. In the pursuit of access to these cutting-edge therapies, Alex has enlisted the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, numerous celebrities, and journalists who are interested in his daughter's well-being.
At the age of eight months old, Maya could speak a few words and communicate, but an undiagnosed neurological disorder led to her developmental regression, meaning that Maya can now only communicate occasionally through sign language. Due to a developmental issue with her leg muscles, feet, and motor skills, Maya has never taken a step and requires constant care.