Fighting For Our Girls
Organized by: Anthony Villanueva
For the past three years, my family and I have endured one life changing hardship after another. After 12 years of employment I was injured at work which required surgery. My employer was unable to meet my limitations and I became unemployed. I filed for disability but the process takes years and I have already been denied once. I have tried seeking employment elsewhere but my injury limits my opportunities.
During this time my wife had a pulmonary embolism and almost died. We still do not know the cause of this. Specialists have claimed that it stems from a neurological disorder of which still remains a mystery. As a result she spent the next year in a wheelchair and very weak. Because of this and PTSD from domestic violence, she is unable to work as well.
Last year we lost our daughters (5 and 14) to their biological father, even after they made claims he sexually abused them. We are in the midst of a custody battle in which we are trying to get visitation back. The courts claim it was a jurisdictional issue and we made false claims.
In September of last year I had pancreatitis. I was given a 10% chance of survival. I spent two months in the hospital and had two surgeries. I lost 60 lbs and I am still recovering. Because I am no longer employed I had no insurance to cover the initial medical expenses.
Despite our setbacks we are still trying to make a difference. We collect donation clothing once a month and distribute them to local charities. My wife is now an advocate for domestic violence survivors and has started DVAT (Domestic Violence Awareness Team). Our limited income is going to supervised visits once a week with our girls, gas to get there (60 miles roundtrip) and our attorney. We are behind in rent are about to get our van repossessed. If we become homeless and without a vehicle, we will never be able to get our girls back... not to mention the everyday living expenses such as electric and gas.
We pray you listen to our story and find it in your hearts to help out. We have run out of options and are desperate. Any help is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you and God bless.