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Stem Cell Treatment for Yoshua

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Cheryl Bellisario


In 2012, a little boy named Yoshua came into my life and he needs help. He is from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and is five years old. He has Cerebral Atrophy, as well as other brain damages, and is not able to be treated in Guatemala. His brain cannot develop and the doctors have told his mother that basically she will just be watching him slowly die as time passes and his brain dries out.

Yoshua cannot walk or talk, he cannot chew food, he is constantly getting sick, and hardly can sleep. He has had various infections throughout his body and the doctors say that those infections are the start of his body trying to shut down.

His mother, Jacqui, is unable to work because she needs to be home taking care of Yoshua, and Yoshua’s father gives zero support to the family. Jacqui has two other sons in their early teens that try to help out at home as much as they can, but Jacqui refuses to let them miss school to support the family.

What Yoshua needs is a type of stem cell treatment. We have found a treatment facility that would help him, but it is in China. I have tried anything that I’ve been able to think of to try to get an organization to sponsor Yoshua, but since he is not a child from the U.S. and also is not looking for treatment in the U.S., I have not had the best luck looking here. Also the cost of the treatment has prevented organizations to want to sponsor him, which I can understand since the cost of the treatment would be $30,000. That is why I am here to fundraise.

Please help Yoshua out, I want to raise at least a portion of the treatment cost for him because time is really running out for him. Absolutely anything will help.



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