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Hi everyone, my name is Eren Avila and this is my brother Jose Avila. Welcome to Team Happy Avila Siblings! We are glad that you joined us in our team. I am a sophomore student of Marina High School from Huntington Beach. My brother is a 2nd grade student of Eastwood Elementary School from Westminster. We have always loved riding horses since we were little. I was 2 or 3 years and he was a year old. Currently, I am a volunteer and Jose is a rider. We have been in the Shea Center since the beginning of June. Here is our story. On the first week of June, we visited the Shea Center. We were amazed to see lots of horses and kids with disabilities. When we arrived, we also saw many young and adult volunteers around in the arena. Since I like to take care of animals and young kids, I decided to share my skills and talents. So I signed up to become a volunteer. On the third week of July, after completing training classes, I began volunteering. I was so excited to meet new people and the horses. I even got to sidewalk a horse on that day too. When I side walked, I felt that the rider on the horse was my new friend. I made new friends, had lots of fun, and enjoyed seeing the kids smile. When I volunteer some days are great and some are tough. Whenever I have a tough day or have "my head down", some of the horses, like "Whiskey and Alik", help me to cheer up. My goals are trying to speak up with people that I trust, keep my head up, and help other people. Whenever I do barn chores I always see my brother riding his horse Alik around the place. He says, "Hi!" to everyone including me. I am lucky to have him as my brother and proud of him for being a great rider. My brother Jose started riding horses on his first birthday. He has Spina Bifida and can't walk very well. So every Saturday, he has special therapy (Hippotherapy) at the Shea Center. On the first day of riding at the Shea Center, Jose was so excited that he wanted to get on the horses immediately. His first horse was Annie- the sweet, happy, and princess horse. A few months later he was switched to Alik- the kind, friendly, and joyful horse. Jose loves riding horses, but recently he had to stop for a few months because he had an operation on his right foot. He is happy that the doctors fixed his foot and soon hopes that he will walk again and get new braces. His dream is to run, walk, and play like the other children without the braces. I hope someday I will be sidewalking Jose. I also would like to become a leader, and ride horses again. It has been a long time since I have rode horses. Please help us donate for the "Drive to Ride" so we can raise our goal for all of the riders, staff members, volunteers, horses, and the rest of the people who are in the Shea Center. I hope you will help us reach our goal. I hope in the future that more kids will be able to see their dreams come true by riding horses at the Shea Center. Thanks for reading our story. Don't forget to donate to Team Happy Avila Siblings!