Tino was born and raised in Mexico before moving to the United States where he met his future wife, Marisa, a first-generation Mexican immigrant living in Aurora, IL. The two met at church and quickly fell in love. A year later they were married.
The happy couple has since welcomed three sons (one in Heaven) into the world. Alex (18) was born with some vision issues and is a loving and attentive son and brother. His younger brother, Manny (14), was born at just 25 weeks gestation and has had to overcome many things in his short life. Despite life’s challenges, the Marrufo family has always remained positive and grounded in the belief that, “you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
The Marrufo family has some unique needs as their son is unable to walk. This has made moving through their narrow, three-story home in a wheelchair extremely difficult. The family is making it work, but the layout has restricted their son to the main floor. They hope to build a new ranch-style home designed with wide doorways and full wheelchair access to meet their son’s needs. Their new Habitat home will allow Manny to have a full range of the house – so life can be much easier. Manny is looking forward to being more independent and has even expressed excitement about participating in household chores like laundry!
Manny continues to fill the home with laughter and positivity. As he says, “God has put me in this family, and you cannot return me!” Indeed, the Marrufo family is stronger together than apart. Now, with their new home, they will be able to spend more time together as a family enjoying life’s many blessings.