Sunday, June 6, 2010

Raul from Romania

One of our volunteers, Caroline, has been in Romania helping at an orphanage for quite sometime now. She was really moved by one babies plight for life and has been working on raising funds to bring back life saving medical supplies for him. She is also working on getting charity care lined up for him in the USA.

Raul has one of the most devastating diseases, here is a little more about him from Caroline:

Raul was born in October 2009 as part of a set of twins, both affected with a genetic skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa. EB causes skin to blister with even slight pressure or friction. Sadly, Raul's twin passed away at one month old due to complications. Raul was moved to a nearby clinic at five months old, which is where he is currently living. Due to his condition, Raul requires painful daily bandaging and wound care. The only supplies available locally are harsh on his fragile skin, so I am raising funds to continue to supply wound care items from the U.S. Over the last few months with the international bandages I have seen him become a smiley and alert little boy, despite his condition. There is no cure, or even treatment, for EB, but these bandages give his skin a better chance at healing and help to prevent new wounds. Please help me to continue to provide these much needed supplies!

If you are interested in donating to this cause please visit: http://www.giveforward.org/raul/

If you have medical supplies to donate here are some of the items that are needed prior to her leaving on the 25th are:
skin layers, telfa, non-stick gauze, gauze rolls, etc.

To read more about Caroline and Raul you can visit her blog at: http://tutovababies.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

URGENT NEED

The Medical Advocacy Team is in urgent need of a host family in Cleveland, Ohio or within a few hours who would be willing to host Ermane and his Mom for the remainder of the stay that they have in the USA.
The current host family (my mother) is coming here to visit soon and the 2nd host family has had a terrible emergency and won't be able to host them.

Please pass this on to anyone you know
Thanks so much!