Aid to Families of Children With Cancer

Update posted by Glenda Bland On Jan 18, 2021

We are off to an excellent start for 2021, and the first part of January has been a busy time. The families picked up their January despensas. The children were surprised for The Three Kings Day with toys donated by Timothy Real Estate Group and Vallarta Food Bank. Some of the despensas were donated by Vallarta Food Bank too. A huge thank you to both.

Several of the children are still traveling back and forth to Guadalajara for treatments. One of our newer girls is just 3 years old and another Mia. She goes back to the hospital in Guadalajara 5 to 6 times a month, so she really needs lots of help.

One of our donors asked that her donation goes to warm clothes for the children because it’s turned so cold. We’ve purchased warm clothes for Valentina, Mia, Alanna, and Madeline, traveling to Guadalajara a few times a month. New shoes for everyone, and Carlos will be getting a warm jacket this month. Thank you, Ruth.

We also received some sheets and blankets from Sharon Darling Rose. Something to keep the children warm at night. Thank you, Sharon.

And the “icing on the cake” as they say – the birthday cake!! Thanks to April and Bill Miton, we received several piñtas to give to the children. We initially thought we’d save them for Children’s Day on April 30th. But anticipation got the better of us, and we gave some of the children who have birthdays this month or coming up a special surprise. They were delighted. Thank you too to Angela for delivering them.

You have been so generous throughout the holiday season, and we can’t begin to thank you enough. We started the “gogetfunding” site in March when the pandemic started, and we were all isolated. The past ten months have been difficult for everyone but especially for these families. Thanks to your continued donations, we’ve been able to give the children their much-needed treatments, monthly food despensas, and medications. There have been special donations for fridges, mattresses, and help towards Monse’s surgery. You are all heroic in assisting these families, and we couldn’t have made it through the year without your help. We can’t begin to find words to express our appreciation!

Please help us continue our support by donating here!

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Jan 11, 2021

When the families arrived to pick up their despensas on Saturday, they also received a special surprise. Thanks to toy donations from Timothy’s Real Estate and Vallarta Food bank, the children celebrated a traditional Three Kings Days. They were more than thrilled!

The Vallarta Food Bank also contributed some despensas for distribution. Thank you Frankie and Jimmy!!

All of the generosity and kind-heartedness has made their holidays an extraordinary time. Thank you to everyone! It’s helping to give everyone a more positive outlook for 2021.

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 29, 2020

Timothy Real Estate Group had a toy drive this month and has given lots of toys to AFCC for Three Kings Day! A huge thank you to Hector and Carl Timothy! The kids will love them!!

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 23, 2020

Santa returned along with a donor, Shannon, and her friends to give the children their presents. Shannon brought a dollhouse for Madeline who was thrilled since she had asked Santa for one.

Valentina, in the red dress, couldn’t make Sunday’s meeting with Santa so she was so excited! And Alanna, in the pink dress, was ecstatic. The girls couldn’t have been happier.

It was a chance for the girls to forget about their cancer and treatments and just be a little girl again. And it was the perfect opportunity for Shannon and her friends to meet with the girls and to see in person the excitement and joy of children enjoying Christmas.

Everyone was swept up in the festive mood and enjoyed their morning.

We will be giving despensas again the weekend before Three Kings Day and Monse’s surgery is scheduled for the middle of January. Please help us by donating here.

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 22, 2020

A million thank yous to everyone who donated toys, balls, clothes, and funds for despensas and treatments. The children and their families went to the Grand Venetian on Sunday to pick up their presents and despensas a few at a time. Everyone was kept masked and safe.

One donor invited Santa to join the kids to hand out the presents. A couple donated a gift to each child, a church ladies group made hand-sewn bedspreads for each child, and a lady sent handmade dolls from Canada. Another donor donated soccer balls for all the boys.

Last weekend Pam’s office was packed with food donations, which were added to the despensas given at the party. A huge thank you to all who dropped off food items to Pam -- you filled her office!

The children hand-painted t-shirts to thank some of the donors for whom they had names. And Carlos was surprised with a Christmas tree of his very own. Before his latest trip to Guadalajara, he told his father that all he really wanted for Christmas was a decorated tree. One of our donors gave us the tree and some decorations, so Carlos got to decorate it and take it home. He was thrilled.

The families will return in a couple of weeks to get more food despensas, including meat, eggs, and fresh vegetables before the Three Kings Day. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible as the children have improved diets now, helping with their health.

Our community in Puerto Vallarta has shown their love and care to make other families' needs to improve their lives possible. May you all enjoy your families, celebrate the gift of love, giving is such a good feeling!!!

From our AFCC families to yours, we wish you Happy Holidays.

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 15, 2020

We want to introduce you to Monserrat, a lively 15-year-old who lost her eyes to cancer as a baby. This handicap hasn’t stopped her from studying, and she is an honor student at The UNIVA. Her goal is to become the best teacher for other blind children. Her schooling is sponsored by the Puerto Vallarta Rotary Club.

Monse also participates in swimming and track at the Special Olimpicos representing Puerto Vallarta. She has won many gold medals while battling many allergies and is on medication and a special diet.

Monse is scheduled for surgery in Guadalajara the second week of January to implant two new prosthetic eyes (ocular prosthesis). These implants will support proper eyelid functioning. The doctors have given us a total cost of MXN 14,250, which doesn’t include her hospital stay. Her parents need your help to cover the surgery and help Monse on her journey to successfully reach her goals.

She has already accomplished many goals. Her main goal is to be the best person she can be. She’s definitely an inspiration to those who know her and love her!

Please help us fund her surgery and hospital stay!

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 11, 2020

This month seems to be going so fast! Christmas is now just two weeks away. In addition to our regular monthly despensas that will be given out on the 20th, we are collecting donations to give the families a memorable Christmas. Despensas and presents will be given out at the Venetian on the 20th, and as we’ve been doing since the pandemic, the families will be divided up into different times to keep numbers to a minimum. Five children at a time will pick up presents, have breakfast and go then go home. The first breakfast will be at 9 am, the second will be at 10:30, and the third will be at 11:45.

Coco’s Kitchen will be providing a lunch for the older children.

Our family numbers are growing. The photo is of Linette, who is three years old. She picked up her Christmas presents early and pulled down her mask long enough for Aurora to get her beautiful smile. She’ll be in the hospital in Guadalajara over Christmas, so she got her presents early.

Another new family member is Carlos, 12 years old. He has been hospitalized many times over the past two years, first for a tumor and now with leukemia. He has asked his dad for a Christmas tree with decorations this year, and we’ve had one donated, so he’ll get his wish. He’ll be traveling to Guadalajara this coming week, but we plan to surprise him with the tree when he returns.

We’ve had some fabulous donations to the AFCC Christmas campaign so far. Here’s the tree beginning to be decorated. We had a star donor who truly deserved the star on top! If you’d like to help make the families have a special Christmas this year, please contribute to the Christmas presents; click here to donate https://gogetfunding.com/aid-to-families-of-children.../.

We'll add a bright red ball to this tree for each donation of $25 USD or over ($500 MXN). We'll add a string of lights for donations of $100 USD or over ($2,000 MXN). All donations will go to making this Christmas special for the children and their families. We’d love to see this tree filled!

We’ll give you another update towards the end of the month so stay safe and well during the holiday season!

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 05, 2020

Last Sunday was the distribution of despensas for November, and once again, everyone has been so generous. A very big thank you to everyone who donated through the gogetfunding site. Without your help, these families would be struggling to feed their families each day. A big thank you to Pam Thompson for putting out the plea for essential items and accepting loads of donations at her office. Thank you to everyone who drops these items by San Javier! It took 2 trips this time. And I’d like to send a thank you to Steve, who picks up donations and delivers them to Aurora, who runs errands (sometimes at the last minute) and makes sure Aurora has what she needs when she needs it. Of course, Aurora who coordinates the despensas and the funds required to pay for Guadalajara treatments. November truly was a month for thanking so many people!

To help with December despensas or contribute to the Christmas presents click her to donate https://gogetfunding.com/aid-to-families-of-children.../

Have a wonderful and safe December!

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 01, 2020

2020 has been an especially difficult year for our AFCC families, but we are continuing to make a difference. For each donation $25 USD or over ($500 MXN), we’ll add a bright red ball to this tree. For donations of $100 USD or over ($2,000 MXN), we’ll add a string of lights.All donations will go to making this Christmas special for the children and their families. Click this link to help with donations towards giving the AFCC families a wonderful Christmas https://gogetfunding.com/aid-to-families-of-children.../

Let’s get this tree decorated!

Want to adopt a child or family for Christmas? Email [email protected] for a list of children and their clothing sizes and wish lists.

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Update posted by Glenda Bland On Dec 01, 2020

2020 has been an especially difficult year for our AFCC families, but we are continuing to make a difference. For each donation $25 USD or over ($500 MXN), we’ll add a bright red ball to this tree. For donations of $100 USD or over ($2,000 MXN), we’ll add a string of lights.All donations will go to making this Christmas special for the children and their families. Click this link to help with donations towards giving the AFCC families a wonderful Christmas https://gogetfunding.com/aid-to-families-of-children.../

Let’s get this tree decorated!

Want to adopt a child or family for Christmas? Email [email protected] for a list of children and their clothing sizes and wish lists.

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