Centro de Crecimiento Grows with Vamos México
By Sandra Ríos
The Centro de Crecimiento (CENCRE), the civil association that has devoted itself to the care and rehabilitation of children and youth of San Miguel for 37 years will continue its mission, now at the hands of Fundación Vamos México.
In November 2013, CENCRE closed half of its services, and although the then director Enrique Maldonado said it would be only temporary, CENCRE was in danger of disappearing forever. The concern of the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox and his wife, Marta Sahagún, led to revitalization of the project. The operation and assets of CENCRE, founded by Doña Lucha Maxwell, were officially handed over in November 2014 to the Vamos México Foundation, chaired by Sahagún.
Renamed the Center for Integral Rehabilitation of San Miguel de Allende, CRISMA will feature the latest in technology and special care for psychomotor skills and rehabilitation, with innovative treatments focused mainly on children and young people with intellectual, motor, or mixed disabilities.
During the official presentation, which took place in San Miguel’s new Convention Center on June 11, it was announced that the center will have a capacity to serve 200 people, and 80 percent of the beneficiaries will be from the rural communities. The advisory council was also formally announced. It is composed of Sergio Cházaro, president, and Vicente Fox Quesada, Martha Sahagún, and the neurologist-pediatrician Dr. Dilip J. Karnik as members. “Today medical science has come very far and doesn’t seem to have boundaries. When we pledge we can make rehabilitation a true solution of life for the little ones, I predict that from San Miguel and CRISMA, we are going to come out with solutions that we had not imagined, and that (we will go to) the height of the best places for care in the world,” said Fox.
Dr. Karnik said that it is a duty to make CRISMA the best facility of its kind in this country and even other countries, “We, as part of the Karnik Institute from Austin, Texas, have joined this project along with doctors, pediatricians, experts in epilepsy, neurologists, specialists in autism and learning abilities; we also have pediatric surgeons and pediatric orthopedists who will be added to this project for the surgeries that are required, constant visits to the facilities, and training personnel of CRISMA.
Currently, the center serves about 50 children, who receive physical, neurological, and language therapy, and 40 adults, who receive physical rehabilitation. “I think that with the joint work with Karnik Institute, CRISMA will be an essential part not only for the treatment of people who have some disability, but also to operate as a research center. It will make a huge difference, a center where the spine is love,” said Sahagún.
The Centro de Crecimiento was founded in 1977 by Lucha Maxwell with the goal of helping children with disabilities. Its focus was on early stimulation through physical rehabilitation, special education programs, physical therapy, and hydrotherapy.