An Arizona mother is drawing fire over posting a bumper sticker on her vehicle which reads “#TeamIsis,” but it has nothing to do with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
KGUN reported earlier this week that Ciara Martinez named her five-year-old daughter ‘Isis’ after the Egyptian goddess, regarded as one of the most important in ancient history and considered the ideal woman or mother. “It suits her perfectly with her condition now because she’s beaten so many odds,” Martinez said.
Isis has a rare neurological disorder known as Rett Syndrome, which affects 1 in 10,000 children–almost exclusively girls. It “leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily,” according to RettSyndrome.org. It should be noted that while very active, Isis herself cannot speak. KGUN explains what led to Martinez’s grief:
Martinez created a group called Pretty Halos that works to raise awareness for the disease. They put on an annual car show in Tucson as a fundraiser and in the past they have sold window stickers that say #TeamIsis. The decal caused major problems for those who displayed it on their car.
“There were people trying to run me off the road, people flipping me off, cursing at me,” Martinez told the ABC affiliate. She said she and some of her friends have removed the sticker from their vehicles, but the problem goes beyond that. “The hardest part is people saying ‘you really should change her name, it’s not an appropriate name, it’s a disgrace to America,’” Martinez said.
With the whole ISIS situation it is even worse because I have to fight for her name and her disability and it’s really hard for me as a mom to have to see her go through that.
Despite the adversity, Martinez refuses to change her daughter’s name, noting Isis has three hours of therapy every week and hopes she can speak a sentence. “I would love an ‘I Love You’, I would probably cry for weeks,” Martinez said.
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