Maria was born in Columbia and suffered from a bone disease. In order to save her life both legs were amputated above her knee. With the help from Shriner's Hospital for Children, Maria now has prosthetics. However, the physical therapists said that she would greatly benefit from having a handcycle. In addition to the socialization opportunities, it also provides Maria with great physical therapy in her home town in southern Florida. Maria was surprised when the Krewe members presented her with the handcycle. She had a beautiful smile as she got on and started riding around the hospital.