Miracle Child

Martha Christina and her Mom

I’ll never forget first learning about Martha Cristina and her grim diagnosis of kidney cancer. This precious 3 1/2 year old, and her parents, approached our friend, Ana Hernandez, with heart breaking news and a plea for our financial assistance.

We weren’t overly optimistic when we heard the news, but if there was any chance of saving Martha Cristina, supporting her with money was the least we could do. Our church, Pilgrim Congregational UCC (Lexington, MA) soon began praying for her on a regular basis.

For the next 66 weeks Martha Cristina endured chemotherapy treatments. This was immediately followed by 24 weeks of radiation therapy. Certainly this took its tole on the entire family…when cancer strikes one member of the family, it affects all. Martha Cristina’s mom became her constant companion, accompanying her on the bus to travel hours for her treatment. Her dad continued to provide for his family, having to travel hours himself, where he could find employment. Family members stepped in to care for Martha Cristina’s brothers.

I am elated to say that Martha Christina has been in remission for the past year and a half. Witnessing this child’s recovery has truly given me reason to believe that miracles do happen. We continue to visit with Martha Cristina and her family, and are thrilled to see her back in school and enjoying her childhood. She will always remain one of my inspirations.

Martha Christina in remission

A Courageous Fighter

Gerardo

Gerardo Enrique Inestoza Ruiz just turned 15 years old on July 17th. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Hearing a diagnosis of cancer is difficult enough to handle emotionally, but if you are unable to afford treatment, it can feel totally hopless. Gerardo’s family visited with our Honduran coordinator, Ana Hernandez. to see if we could help. We have been able to provide financial assistance which covers his medical, transportation and food costs. Gerardo is handling his chemotherapy as well as can be expected. The days of treatment are extremely challenging because Gerardo and his dad travel by bus to a city a few hours away. Returning home, tired and nauceous on a bus making frequent stops for passengers and road work, is draining. Each day Gerardo faces many obstacles…trying to stay strong by eating soft foods his stomach can tolerate and wearing a mask to avoid infections. He is a bright student who is sad to not be in school. The family humbly asked if we could buy a mattress for Gerardo because his is full of holes and is so uncomfortable. Such a modest request and we’re grateful we can do something to ease his pain. We look forward to seeing Gerardo in three months and will continue to monitor his treatment from afar. Please hold him in your thoughts…