Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.

by Asociacion Mexicana de Ayuda a Ninos con Cancer de San Luis Potosi, A.C
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Improve the nutrition of 100 children with cancer.
Daniel happy
Daniel happy

Daniel is a young man, he is 18 years old and he lives with his parents and two sisters in Xilitla, a town located in “La Huasteca Potosina” that it´s 370 kilometers from San Luis Potosí.

One year ago, Daniel noticed something was wrong with him, he felt strognless, he had dizziness, he was pale so he decided to go to the health center of his community. The doctor didn´t find anything strange, reason why he sent Daniel to a hospital in Ciudad Valles, where more medical studies were done. He was sent urgently to the capital of the city to find the cause of his symptoms.

After some reasearch, it was concluded that his diagnosis is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. An awful notice that would break him and his family. He was hospitalized during 3 months in the Hospital Central of San Luis Potosí.  When he was released from the hospital the concern was: where he would live during his treatment. Going back to his town wasn´t an option, he needed to live close to where he would receive his first doses of chemotherapy. At the hospital, they met another oncology patient´s parent that told them about AMANC.

Here in AMANC, Daniel has been supported during this year with his treatment bringing him lodgment, meals, medicines, transportation tickets so he can go to his town. Also he has recieved emotional support, physical therapy, among others.

Thanks to his commitment  with the treatment and his good attitude, his health has improved. Now he is preparing himself physically and mentally to recieve a bone marrow transplant which probably would take place on April. This kind of transplant entails a large financial which his family can´t afford at all. This is why I would like to invite you to join all the support for Daniel so he can get ahead.

You can help Daniel by donating from 10 dollars onwards, on this platform. Let's give Daniel the opportunity to be more healthy to fulfill his goals.

Daniel watering the garden
Daniel watering the garden
Taking a break
Taking a break
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Javier at his presentation party 1
Javier at his presentation party 1

Javier is five years old, and has no siblings, coming from the municipality of Ébano, which is 5 hours from this Capital City, in the state of San Luis Potosí. At the age of three, he began to look very pale and had a fever, so his mother -Miriam- took him to the nearest hospital in Ciudad Valles, since Ébano is a small town. Once they carried some tests, they told Javier’s mother that it was very likely that he was ill with Leukemia, so they transferred them to this capital city where they confirmed the diagnosis. Javier's parents were devastated, but we offered them the help of AMANC SLP and now every time they have a medical consultation or chemotherapy application, they come with us and are part of our great family.

In some rural areas of Mexico there is a tradition of the Catholic religion that recalls when the parents of the Child Jesus brought him to the Temple at the age of three; It consists of having a Mass to give thanks and then a party. Javier's mother asked us to do that celebration, then a coexistence with food, piñatas and other types of entertainment. For Mass, Javier wanted to dress up as a military cadet and for the party, as a spider man. When there is an opportunity, doctors, nurses, and others who care about our children gladly come to hang out with them and bring them gifts.

At AMANC SLP we know that the mental and emotional aspect of patients is very important to achieve their recovery, so we gladly make these parties, so that children and their families remember with pleasure and not with displeasure the stage of chemotherapy and hospitalizations they experienced. We want that, even though they have cancer, they can also enjoy activities and meet people and places that many children who are healthy and live in their communities do not have those opportunities.

Hopefully Javier finishes his treatment next year and can continue his happy life once he regains his health.

Javier at the Mass of his presentation
Javier at the Mass of his presentation
Javier at his presentation party 2
Javier at his presentation party 2
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Two year old Alex smiling after his yummy lunch
Two year old Alex smiling after his yummy lunch

Because of the successful July Bonus Day we are able to extend our Improve the Nutrition of 100 children project to benefit an additional 50 children.

We are so grateful for all the support we have received and are excited to be able to offer further nutritional support to more of our vulnerable cancer children!!

We are continually striving to feed our children with nutritional food in order to support them during their cancer treatment.  This philosophy is also important to the children when they return home to their families, who often struggle to provide adequate nutritional food.

As always, thank you for your support!

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Esmeralda when she started her treatment
Esmeralda when she started her treatment

Esmeralda is a 19-year-old young woman from the Tlacuilola indigenous community of the municipality of Tamazunchale in San Luis Potosí, which is located nine hours from the capital of Potosí, currently lives with her parents and her 3 siblings, but a few years ago something happened that took a 360 degree turn and completely changed the course of his life.

Esmeralda got up one morning without wanting to move or do anything, she went to high school like any other day, during her physical education class she did not feel well to go out to the playground, then the teacher caught her attention a couple of times but without success. Annoyed decided to talk to her parents, in the following days she continued to feel bad, they even thought she was pregnant, in the end they decided to take Esmeralda to the hospital in her community where they carried out the corresponding studies, every day that passed her strange discomfort worsened, she returned to the Emergency hospital because her discomfort was getting stronger, that same afternoon she was transferred to the capital of San Luis Potosí, during the transfer she got worse and worse to the point where she began to bleed, the picture did not look good at all.

A few days later when Esmeralda improved, the doctor asked to speak to his parents to give them some awfully bad news, “The cause of Esmeralda's discomfort is caused by a type of cancer in the blood, here we call it Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and it has to be treated immediately, and will not be able to return home for a while”. Esmeralda's parents were disoriented because they did not know what it would bring for their daughter, their family and themselves, because one of the concerns was that if they discharged their daughter, they would not be able to return to their town for medical indication and they had nowhere to go. Besides, they would lose their jobs.In the following day they received a visit from a social worker from AMANC to offer their help, after a long talk they agreed to receive support which consisted of providing accommodation for as long as necessary, as well as help for medications and transportation. Without thinking twice, they joined this association.

And that's how Esmeralda's treatment began, which lasted about 3 years, they were very complicated, moving years of teaching, but they undoubtedly set the tone for starting a new life.

Esmeralda currently in 2021 has two years in surveillance attending every 6 months to review, so far everything is going great, there are still 8 years of this last stage, but she can continue with her life, in which there are many plans, a lot of hope for give back a little bit of the help she received over the years, as her new goal is to become a nurse to help as she was helped.

Esmeralda
Esmeralda

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Our beneficiaries from indigenous ethnic groups
Our beneficiaries from indigenous ethnic groups

AMANC and indigenous communities

For AMANC, the original peoples have always been of utmost importance, because about 80% of our beneficiaries come from Pame and Huasteca communities, and they are located very far from the conurbation areas, for this reason they do not have all the basic services at first hand.

When a child is diagnosed with some type of cancer in the state of San Luis Potosí, they have to be transferred to the general hospital located in the capital of San Luis Potosí. When parents arrive, they face great obstacles such as the lack of a place to rest, little money for transfers and medicines, and sometimes they do not speak the same language. This causes that they sometimes desert in the treatment of their children.

That is where our work begins, encouraging families through different supports so that children with an oncological diagnosis receive the treatment in the most optimal way possible, providing support to more than 500 children annually, from 52 of the 58 municipalities of the state, in addition to some others from neighboring states. The supports that make up our accompaniment model are: help with medicines, transportation and transfers (by ambulance), emotional help, physiotherapy, food, lodging, funeral expenses; it is worth mentioning that the supports provided are totally free. Sometimes we carry out home visits in order to better understand the way of life of our beneficiaries, and thus provide the service that best suits their needs.

Christopher and his family
Christopher and his family
Paco returns home
Paco returns home

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Asociacion Mexicana de Ayuda a Ninos con Cancer de San Luis Potosi, A.C

Location: San Luis Potosi - Mexico
Project Leader:
Alma de Jesus Duran Valero
San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi Mexico

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