Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children

by A Life A Time Foundation
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children
Medical Fund for Needy Chinese Children

Dear Donors,

We hope everyone is doing well and remaining healthy during these times. Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, our Boston Trauma Fund, which provides 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, is still suspended at this time.

We really appreciate your continued support and trust during this time. In 2020, we received nearly $30,000 in donations. Given all the restrictions, we haven’t been able to support as many children as we would like. We did spend approximately $9,000 on January 3, 2020 to support six children in China. Given that our work is currently on hold, we are asking all of you to temporarily hold your donations to us. Once restrictions are lifted, we will provide an update to all of you.

During the past year, we continue to follow up on the children we have supported in the past, and we’d like to share recent updates from Boshen, who is turning 13 this year.

Boshen had burns over 38% of his body following an accident at his grandparents’ home when he was 5 years old. His lower body was severely injured in that fire. After 10 months of surgeries and treatments, in November 2013, Boshen came to the United States for the first time and was treated at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Texas. Following that, Boshen returned to the United States for treatments in 2015 and 2018.

We recently reached out to Boshen’s mother. She expressed her concern that Boshen is reaching the age for middle school. In the area where Boshen lives, the only middle school option is a boarding school program. Although Boshen has recovered well, he is still not able to walk normally and is very slow. His elementary friends have been helping him commute to school right now, carrying his backpack for him. Once at the boarding school, Boshen’s mom is concerned that Boshen won’t be able to take care of his daily life, spending too much time just to navigate the classrooms, dormitory and cafeteria. Boshen’s mother is reaching out to the boarding school to see if he can get some assistance. Because of his trouble in walking, Boshen’s spine has been impacted as well and has started to curve. We are hoping when all the travel restrictions are lifted, Boshen gets an opportunity to come back to the United States to get that treated.

 

Sincerely,

 

A Life A TIme Foundation


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Yuhan at Age of 2
Yuhan at Age of 2

Dear Donors,

We hope everyone is doing well and remaining healthy during these times. Because regulations are still tightened in China due to the global pandemic, we are not able to accept applications for aid from China at this time. In addition, our Boston Trauma Fund, which provides 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, is unfortunately also suspended due to the spread of COVID-19 and travel restrictions.

With our work currently on hold, we continue to follow up on the children we have supported in the past, and we’d like to share recent updates from Yuhan, who turned 7 years old this year.

Yuhan was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, an eye cancer, when she was 7 months old. By the time it was diagnosed, Yuhan’s left eye had already lost all vision and she had limited vision in her right eye. Yuhan’s parents visited a few hospitals in China and ended up in Shanghai. After two years of interventional treatments, her cancer is no longer present and her remaining vision has stabilized. Her schedule for necessary ongoing checkups has since been reduced from every 2-3 months to now every 6 months. 

A Life A Time sent two payments during 2015 and 2016 in support of Yuhan’s medical expenses. We have been following up with Yuhan’s progress with her mother. She has become a pretty young girl who likes school, art and dance. We are grateful that Yuhan’s parents did not give up on her when their family had financial difficulty and could not afford her treatments without borrowing money. 

 

Sincerely,

A Life A Time Foundation

Yuhan and Her Artwork
Yuhan and Her Artwork
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2017-01 When Boran Was Born
2017-01 When Boran Was Born

Dear Donors,

We hope everyone is doing well and remaining healthy during these times. With tightening regulations in China, we temporarily stopped accepting aid applications in the beginning of the year and shifted our focus to our Boston Trauma Fund, providing 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.

Unfortunately, with the spreading of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, travel for the children who have been coming to the U.S. for treatments every year has been postponed indefinitely.

With our work currently on hold, we continue to follow up on the children we have supported In the past, and we’d like to share recent updates from Boran, a pre-mature born girl who turned 3 early this year.

Boran was born in January 2017 at 28 weeks old and weighing 2.9 pounds. Because she was pre-term, she had severe complications and was in an ICU relying on a respirator. Boran’s parents had unsteady income and could not afford all the treatment expenses. A Life A Time supported Boran’s medical expenses, sending three payments for a total of $3,449 during this time. Two months after her birth, Boran was released from the hospital. It has been three years since then, and under the great care of her family Boran is enjoying life as a pretty little girl. We are grateful that Boran’s parents did not give up on her when she was born with severe complications and when the family had financial difficulty and could not afford her treatments other than borrowing money.

 

Sincerely, 

A Life A Time Foundation

Boran Turned 3
Boran Turned 3
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Xiaoran
Xiaoran

Dear Donor,

With the Coronavirus spreading in China since January and the cancellation of flights between the U.S. and China, the previously scheduled treatments for those children who were supposed to come to the U.S. needed to be delayed. Also, with tightening regulations in China, we have also temporarily stopped accepting aid applications from China (for details, please refer to our last quarterly report). During this quarter, we supported three children, whose applications were approved before this suspension on new applications.

Fifteen-year-old Zihan suffers from third degree burns resulting from a fire four years ago. 80% of her body was severely burned. After more than 20 surgeries, Zihan continues to suffer from burn scar contracture, especially on her face, neck and joints in both hands. In January, Zihan was admitted to a hospital for another round of surgeries. A Life A Time sent $2,239 to support her medical treatments.

Eight-year-old Xiaoran was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was three. She went through three years of treatments but her leukemia came back in 2018. Xiaoran’s doctor recommended she undergo a bone marrow transplant. A donor has been found and her family is raising money to pay for the procedure. A Life A Time sent $520 to support Xiaoran’s medical expenses.

Fifteen-year-old Xinyu has suffered from lymphoid hyperplasia. Since 2007, she has been transferred to multiple hospitals to seek various treatments. In 2009, her condition got worse and she developed a severe skin rash, with some of the wounds festering. Following her treatments, which did keep her wounds under control, her right hand suffered from Dupuytren’s contracture. Xinyu has had several surgeries to improve the condition in her hand, and she was admitted to a hospital again in March. A Life A Time transferred $746 to contribute to her medical expenses.

We appreciate your continued support and hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely, 

A Life A Time Foundation

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2019 Xueting leaving Boston after 5mos treatments
2019 Xueting leaving Boston after 5mos treatments

Dear Donors,

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 before Wanxiang's surgery in Boston
Jan 2019 Zijie in Boston post her surgery
Jan 2019 Zijie in Boston post her surgery
2016 Junyu's summer camp
2016 Junyu's summer camp
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A Life A Time Foundation

Location: Toledo, OH - USA
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Jun Ashley
Toledo, OH United States
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