Our Feeding Friends partners at Kingswood Elementary and Dorcas Ministries have brought to our attention a family in our community in need of assistance.
A family of six is facing a year fully quarantined following a bone marrow transplant for their 12 year old son Alexis. Antonio, Alexis’ older brother, will be the donor. The entire family including the parents Elfegeo and Maria must be quarantined with their four children for one year, a year without working. Further, it is required that they demonstrate the funds to support their family for the entire year are available prior to the surgery.
Alexis was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. His body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout his body. Symptoms range from anemia, episodes of pain, fatigue and vision problems, swelling of hands and feet. Alexis has experienced most of these.
” The symptoms started at age 3 1/2. His whole body swelled… he turned pale. The spleen did not allow all the blood to circulate through his body and caused intense pain for which he was hospitalized for eight days.” – Maria, Alexis’ mother
At age four, doctors removed his spleen and gall bladder, followed by blood transfusions and 2 surgeries on his brain. Like a true warrior, Alexis continued to fight for his life.
There is hope for Alexis. At age 12, there is one surgery that Alexis urgently needs – a bone marrow transplant. This surgery could give Alexis a better life away from a hospital and the ability to grow up like any other child.
Despite Alexis’ medical expenses, the family have managed to stay afloat financially through the years. This past year, when Elfegio and Maria both became ill from COVID-19, they needed help.
Dorcas Ministries became aware of the family situation. Through Dorcas, a solidarity aid network has been woven. The Iglesia Fiesta Cristiana, the Iglesia San Miguel Arcangel de Cary and the Center for Hispanic Families have joined this cause.
Call to Action
Lord, help me offer compassion and mercy to all. Amen.
Genesis UMC is accepting donations to contribute to the Dorcas Ministries fund for this family. Prayerfully consider helping these neighbors in need.
Drop off or mail a check made out to GENESIS UMC with KINGSWOOD FAMILY in the memo line. We will make sure it get to the correct place. Donations through EASY TITHE should be marked for the MISSIONS FUND.
We will keep the congregation up to date on how this family is doing and any future needs we may be able to help with.
Thank you so much for the many ways you love your Cary Neighbors. God bless you!
Your Genesis Mission Team
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