2019 Xueting leaving Boston after 5mos treatments
We wish you and your family the best during this holiday season and a happy and healthy new year in 2020. We also want to thank you for all of your support that enables us to help so many children in need in China. It has been over 11 years since A Life A Time was first founded in August 2008. Since our inception, our mission has been to help orphaned and impoverished children in China suffering from congenital illnesses and traumatic injuries (such as burns) by covering their medical expenses in part or in full. We also provide a network of available medical providers through our ongoing collaboration with both local and specialized hospitals. In addition, since October 2015, we established the Boston Trauma Fund to provide financial support to children who have the opportunity to come to America to receive free medical treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children, located in Boston. Those children accepted under this program have suffered severe trauma but come from families in China with minimal financial resources.
In 2019, A Life A Time helped a total of 47 children with approximately $118,000 in donations. Most of these donations were used to help children in China cover their medical expenses, with the remaining portion used to support the Angel’s Home, an orphanage, and the children who were able to visit Shriners Hospital for Children for treatment. Without your ongoing support over more than a decade, we would not have been able to achieve what we have. A Life A Time Foundation is run solely by volunteers, which allows us to allocate nearly all donations to the children who need our help. Our volunteers always try to find the time necessary to support the children we take on, even when our personal life commitments make it difficult to balance responsibilities. Every child that we have helped has been our motivation to get us this far.
In 2019, following certain changes to regulations and policies established in China, we began to notice certain difficulties in providing ongoing support to children in China. Unfortunately, the uncertainties these changes have caused will require us to temporarily stop accepting applications for support from China and designated donations towards any specially requested child starting in 2020. We will continue to run the Boston Trauma Fund since the donations can be used in America. However, we will continue to seek opportunities to help children who need to be treated in China and will re-accept applications when the situation in China allows.
Below is a summary of some children who were supported by the Boston Trauma Fund during 2019. For detailed information on each individual child we have helped, please visit: http://www.alifeatime.org/cn/projects/project_details.aspx?id=888
Xueting (11 years old): In June 2008, 2-month-old Xueting was severely burned when the TV at her home exploded. Xueting’s face, hands and legs all were damaged and her right leg was amputated. Xueting has been treated at the Shriners Hospital for Children since February 2016. http://www.alifeatime.org/cn/children/story.aspx?id=148
Wanxiang (16 years old): In October 2014, 11-year-old Wanxiang was hit by a car on her way home from school. The accident caused high paraplegia of her right leg and a severe fracture in her right arm and hips. Wanxiang has been treated in America since July 2015. http://www.alifeatime.org/cn/children/story.aspx?id=931
Zijie (9 years old): In November 2014, four-year-old Zijie fell into a boiling pot at home and 80% of her skin was severely scalded. Zijie was first admitted to be treated in America in December 2018. http://www.alifeatime.org/cn/children/story.aspx?id=1005
Junyun (7 years old):During the 2013 Chinese New Year, Junyun’s family was preparing for the holiday celebration. One-year-old Junyun fell into a pot with boiling water while playing. Approximately 50% of the boy’s body suffered from second degree burns. Junyun first came to American for treatment in August 2018. http://www.alifeatime.org/cn/children/story.aspx?id=988
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Jan 2019 before Wanxiang's surgery in Boston
Jan 2019 Zijie in Boston post her surgery
2016 Junyu's summer camp