Lisa’s near-perfect life was about to change with an abrupt
went into labor—and soon afterward, our lives changed for the
worse very fast. One minute everything was perfect and the next
minute, they’re telling us that my daughter’s life was on the
line,” she said, her eyes welling with tears.
Lisa had suffered an umbilical prolapse—in short, her
umbilical cord had detached and her infant daughter could not
breathe. Lisa was rushed into emergency surgery, knowing that
she may never hold or meet the little girl that she had prayed
so hard to conceive.
“The last thing I heard the doctor say: ‘She is dying! Cut
her!!’” Lisa recalled. “That meant my daughter only had minutes
to live and they needed to cut me open, to pull her out. I
could never forget the look on the doctor’s face of complete
terror. He had delivered my two sons, so he was someone I
trusted with everything.”
To add even more drama, Lisa had her
own difficulties during surgery. The doctors told her family
they were trying to save both mother and child. Lisa started to
“With tears coming down my face, I closed my eyes—and prayed!!”
“Dear Lord, please don't take my daughter, please send your
Angels down to protect her, breathe life into that tiny little
body. Stand next to the doctors to save her life. Heavenly
Father, I PROMISE you if you save her life, I will spend the
rest of my life giving back to this community. I will forever
keep my promise to serve others in need...”
Somehow, some way, that prayer was answered. Angel Mia—Spanish
for “My Angel”—was born “healthy
and beautiful,” in the words of her mother, on September 26,
“Not only did God save her life, the doctors told us, there is
no medical reason for her to still be here—nothing less than a
Miracle,” said Lisa. “It's one of my greatest memories
to know that God saved my daughter with an answer to a Mother’s
Just six weeks later, Lisa kept that prayerful promise by
For nearly two decades now, A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach has
provided food baskets on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter to
children and families in need—assisting thousands of single
parents and even the elderly along the way.
“We are 100 percent donation funded and 100 percent of all
donations go directly back into this community. There is no paid
staff, and everything we do is completed by volunteers,” Lisa
said. “I am happy to say we have never had to turn anyone away.”
All of Lisa’s children have been heavily involved in A.N.G.E.L.S.
Outreach from the start—whether helping to collect canned goods,
fill baskets, or delivering the food baskets to local families.
Other family members, friends, neighbors—all have joined forces
since to lift up A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach on the wings of their
now 18, continues to bless her mother’s life. So Lisa has vowed
to always keep that prayerful promise made so many years ago.
“So when someone says: ‘Can you keep a Promise?’ I always laugh,
because my PROMISE to God has only just begun!!” said Lisa.
There are two ways to assist A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach.
First, the organization is seeking monetary donations to help
with its Easter basket efforts in April. Second, the non-profit
group is hosting a dance/benefit at the Toledo Yacht Club on
Friday, May 2.