Saturday, April 19, 2008

To Friends in California: Read and Help

Preschoolers SHEIRRA MAE BATULAN of Cebu, and CHRISTINE ANGELA BARREDO of Zamboanga City have complex congenital heart disease. Christine also has a cleft lip and palate. Their families cannot afford to pay for the medical supplies and the tests, which are considered as the Filipino charity patient's share for heart surgery. Now these little girls have the once in a lifetime chance to get their hearts repaired at UCLA Medical Center through MENDING KIDS INTERNATIONAL's US CARE PROGRAM. But they need you to help them find a volunteer medical host family before they can even get to California. Sheirra's dad is jobless and her mom is a factory worker in Mactan making $5 a day to support a large extended family, including grandparents and cousins. Christine is an only child, but her father must also support his parents and younger siblings from his earnings as a tricycle driver in Zamboanga City. Both little girls will be escorted , without accompanying family members, by Menchu Sarmiento of the PAL Foundation. PAL Foundation gives Filipino charity patients medical travel grants to help them to access free medicalcare for serious ailments.Please help them to find families who will be willing to take care of them before, during and after their surgery. To find out how to become an accredited medical host family, you may contact MENDING KIDS: 661.298.8000 or 562.260.9939 (Keever Rhodes) or email

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