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IMG_0272During a period of hospitalization, Gina fixed a ripped stuffed animal for a little girl – and it changed her life forever. She spent many years on her labor of love and created an organization to give plush toys called OwieBowWowies to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. After investing her own money, WEV’s Loan Program provided the capital needed to order the first line of products. Since 2005, Gina has brightened the faces of many hospitalized children through the gift of her OwieBowWowie toys.

Photography courtesy of Maria Carreras Photography.