Genesis Arrives to St. Louis Tonight!
August 19, 2016
EVENT DATE: Aug 19, 2016
AMOUNT RAISED OFFLINE: $4,400.00
Meet Genesis, a sweet 19 month-old baby girl from Honduras. She has a mom and a dad and two older brothers. Her mom stays at home to take care of the family while her dad makes $1,500 US dollars annually from washing buses and other construction work. Genesis was born with a serious congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot and desperately needs cardiac surgery. In the U.S., babies with her condition regularly undergo surgery within the first six months of life, but unfortunately the complex care Genesis needs is not available in her home country or region. Luckily for Genesis, her family was referred to World Pediatric Project and is now planning to travel to St. Louis for surgery the same week as our wedding.
India: When I was in nursing school, I was fortunate to travel to the Dominican Republic on a medical team which opened my eyes to the great need in developing countries for specialized pediatric medical care. The children supported by World Pediatric Project don’t have access to what we would consider basic medical care. I love World Pediatric Project because they take care of not only the patients, but their parents and caregivers also. They make sure that the caregivers adjust to a new city, have clothes and boots to wear when it’s cold outside (especially those who travel from warm climates), and provide social, emotional, language and spiritual support while the child is undergoing treatment. It humbles me to meet the children and their families and recognize the life-changing impact this opportunity for care makes on their quality of life forever.
When Eric and I got engaged, he knew how passionate I was about this organization and suggested that in lieu of wedding gifts we should try to sponsor a child’s treatment. When we reviewed the list of children awaiting care through World Pediatric Project, Genesis’ story stood out because it was so personal to Eric. We immediately knew that God had placed us in this position for a reason.
Eric: On March 24th, 1983, two years before I was born, my parents gave birth to my sister, Kerri Johnson. At birth, she was diagnosed with a serious congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot and only made it less than one week. When we found out that Genesis was diagnosed with the same fatal heart disease and that we could sponsor her medical care through our wedding, we knew that she was the one. To be able to save the life of a little girl that has the same diagnosis as my sister means more than words can explain.
We are thankful for the life that God has chosen for our family and have always wanted to give back. Having the opportunity to save a child’s life is one thing, but having the opportunity to save a little girl from the same condition that took my sister too young was definitely God’s plan for us.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 to sponsor Genesis’ treatment in full, including travel, food, housing and medical costs associated with her care. We hope that you are able to open your hearts and help this baby get the life-saving help she needs in memory of my sister, Kerri Johnson.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your love and support of our family on our wedding day and always.
India and Eric
About World Pediatric Project: World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to heal critically-ill children and build healthcare capacity in the world. Their vision is that one day, all children will have access to quality medical care so that they can live healthy and productive lives.
Through their U.S. Referrals Program, this amazing organization was able to bring 50 children to St. Louis in the past year to undergo livesaving medical and surgical care. They also sent 46 diagnostic and surgical teams to places in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean where specialized pediatric care is needed most. This past year, World Pediatric Project mobilized $14 million dollars in medical services donated in-kind thanks to the generosity of their partner hospitals, suppliers and medical professionals.
For more information, please visit www.worldpediatricproject.org or call (314) 317-8809.