As you know, our association has to pay for the driver, vehicle services, and fuel from Monday to Friday so that children and young people with cancer who need to be transferred receive their chemotherapies in a timely manner.
In other cases, the bus so that they can be evaluated or reviewed in other highly specialized hospitals in other cities, always traveling with one of their parents or relatives.
Since august 2012 we were established with one main objective in mind: That these patients do not miss their treatments due to lack of financial resources to travel from their locations hours away from their hospital.
During the first years we organized annual races to obtain resources, but after 5 races we had to suspend them due to the insecurity that for 2 years was especially critical in our city, it was then that GlobalGiving appeared in our lives as a hope to continue with our work and also other friendly partners who over time have participated with us, celebrating 11 years of hard work this August.
Only those who have gone through this process know that it is not easy or fast for every patient, and that the transportation we provide is only one part of the entire treatment cycle, thereby trying to avoid the inconvenience of traveling for 2 up to 6 hours in community units in most cases, having transportation exclusively for them through us.
It is for all this that today Manos Unidas for Coatzacoalcos AC, especially our children and young people thanks you infinitely and we hope to continue counting on your invaluable support.
Hello, I am Ivanna and I am a patient at the Dr Valentin Gómez Farias Regional Hospital in the city of Coatzacoalcos. Manos Unidas by Coatzacoalcos AC transfers me from my house very early since we have to be at the laboratory at 7 am before my consultation and subsequent application of my treatment for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), a group of rare diseases in which the body lacks or does not have enough of an enzyme needed to break down long chains of sugar molecules called glycosaminoglycans (formerly called mucopolysaccharides).
As a result, these molecules accumulate in different parts of the body and cause various health problems at different levels that lead to certain syndromes, which can damage different organs, there is no cure so we have to go weekly to receive doses of medication administered intravenously in the Oncopediatrics Clinic. With your donation you help me get to the hospital to receive my weekly dose of medication in a timely manner so that they can control the effects of my illness
Hello friends, with the pleasure of always we tell you that to celebrate with The Three Wise Men we had a small meeting in a well-known hamburger restaurant called Excesso to whom we thank the invitation, who with care attended on this day to the patients and their parents that were previously received at the Hospital, ate hamburgers, and received toys.
Here in Mexico this day is very important for all the children since they look forward to their gifts at homa very early. Although the could not all be there, because some live several hours away, at other events they will surelly share with us a ggod time.
We appreciate your valuable contribution to continue supporting these children and young people with cancer.
We made it! Thanks to you and everyone who has been donating and helping us through the last year, we were finally able to buy or brand new van. Last year our car that takes our children back and forth between the hospital and their homes suffered a bad accident. Again no children were on board and the driver only suffered minor injuries, but the entire vehicle was lost. Fast forward to this year, we were struggling to get the funding needed for a new car, and we were struggling to keep paying for the families to get to the hospital by bus. But we never lost hope and last month we were finally able to pay for a new van. This means the world to us cause every single time it starts to feel like we might not have any way of surviving and keep helping these families, people from all over make miracles and we get the chance to keep going. This can is gonna be taking all these families to the hospitals and back home safely, and its again, only thanks to the help of kind people and the hard work of our volunteers and our own team.
We are beyond grateful for this chance to keep going, helping others. And we wanna take a time to encourage everyone to keep it up and never lose hope, cause help would come. The world has shown us time and time again that it is in the darkest times we find the strongest will and miracles do happen. Thank you!
Giving free transportation to the kids and their families to and from the hospital has always been a challenge, there's always something new happening everyday, like the time we lost our unit and had to come up with several ways to continue to make sue our children didn't miss a single appointment and had a way to go back home.
Here are some pictures of the kids we transport. Thsese kids and their families live very far away from the city where they get their treatment. These are also very poor families living in harsh conditions scattered all over the state, some of them live up in the mountains, some in farms in the middle of nowehere. But one thing they have in common is that they just can't get on a bus and come to the city. These are very isolated communities and having to make a roundtrip 2-3 times per week would be expenisve even for people with more money. So that's were we step in. We make sure they get home safely, our driver is almost a super hero, having lost a child to cancer himself he understand the struggle of these families. He sometimes stays up until 3 am after he drives everyone home, and he's ready to pick up people the next day.
Seeing all this hardwork with a single goal, helping people, makes us wake up everyday knowing we're doing the right thing. Thank you to our local and international community and everyone who's been helping us to help people. We all are contributing on making a big difference in somone's life.
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