Cloe Samantha Dumapi Alvarez - Toddler Burn Vicitim
Organized by: George Aducayen
Meet 22 month old burn victim toddler Cloe Samantha Dumapi Alvarez. In June 2016, Cloe and her mother Marites arrived in the U.S. from Antipolo, Philippines. During their stay in the U.S., Cloe will undergo a series of reconstructive and skin graft surgeries as well as receive burn treatment and therapy at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento. She will continue to do so until she reaches the age of 18.
Just a little background of what happened to Cloe… When Cloe was 2 months, her family lived in a tiny house with no electricity. A lit candle fell on the floor where she was sleeping and a fire broke out. As a result of that unfortunate event, her face and body were badly burned. Her left ear became enclosed, and her left arm and left leg became fused. All the fingers on her left hand was lost.
Cloe is such a precious little girl, and while she and Marites will be here in the U.S., they will be taken good care of by a sponsor family in Sacramento, California. Cloe and mom leave behind a family in the Philippines. Manny, the father is a carpenter. Cloe is the youngest of 4 children. Her siblings, John Rafael, Trixie, and John Raines, are ages 4, 13 and 14. The family lives in a one room shanty on land they do not own and which they could be bull-dozed off of at any time. They live in the lowest socio-economic class in the Philippines with no home, no health care and no way to provide for the care that she needs, not just for the immediate treatment but for a lifetime of care and support.
Over time and because of the lack of proper care, the scar tissue fuses her foot to her shin, her lower leg to her thigh, and her forearm to her upper arm. She will not learn to walk, use her left arm, or do what comes natural for most children… When all her first series of treatments and physical therapy is complete, Cloe will need to return back to the Philippines, until it’s time for her next surgery. However, the main concern is that they will leave the U.S., they will go back to the poor living conditions their family currently has in the Philippines. Funds raised will definitely help Cloe and her family live a better life in the Philippines.
A few goals include…
• Provide support for Cloe and her mom while in the US
o Room and board, clothing, activities, kindness and companionship
• Provide support to the family back home while Cloe and her mom are in the US
o Shipments of Balikbayan boxes with food, clothing, school supplies, etc.
• A better life to return home to
o Provide a home for the family without the threat of being run off the land and their home destroyed.
• Health care for the entire family, including health, dental, and optometry services.
o Mom has already received dentures replacing four missing teeth.
Please consider supporting our efforts to provide a chance for Cloe to lead the best life possible.