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Help fund a cochlear implant surgery for 18 month old baby

Raising a funding campaign as I came across the story of Marc Alexander, 18 month baby boy born in Haiti and diagnosed bilaterally deaf (both ears). Long story short, Haiti does not have the proper medical infrastructure and the government support to help this little boy get a cochlear implant surgery that would give him the ability to hear and speak. The longer he waits to get the implant, the more irreversible speech and development delay will occur. This would cost USD 30,000 including a trip abroad to get the surgery done (I myself have done research for my daughter and no kidding, it really cost that much). I spoke to his mother who didn't know what to do and who to turn to, and I felt the need to help them. As a French national and a Hong Kong resident , and as a mother of a 6 months deaf baby myself, my family is fortunate enough to have access to the best-in-class health support, excellent medical care and infrastructure ...and this is all (or almost) FREE!! We tend to forget how lucky we are. This little boy does not share our luck.Please take some time to read his story, DONATE and SHARE THIS POST to help him get access to a cochlear implant surgery, this amazing, life changing technology that will give him back the gift of hearing and speech.Carine Story of Marc Alexandre: Hello everyone. We are Kamaïa and Darlin Jeanty, parents of 18 months old Marc-Alexandre. We live Haiti, one of the most under-developed country in the world.We suspected the deafness of our son when he was 2 months and a half, as he was not reacting to sound. Due to lack of medical resources and infrastructure in Haiti, we were unable to obtain a diagnosis right away. When Marc-Alexandre turned 12 months old, we had been recommended to have him checked out in Republic Dominican. Without a second of hesitation, we took out all of our savings and bought a flight for the 3 of us to go meet an ENT specialist there. The results were devastating: Marc-Alexandre was diagnosed bilaterally deaf (both ears). We were not sure what to do or where to turn. We do not know if he would ever say, "I love you Mommy and Daddy." We have prayed for a happy, productive life for Marc-Alexander, and we want him to go to school and someday graduate from university to pursue a career and a life that he chooses.The ENT was adamant that our son needed cochlear implants; Implanting Marc will give him access to sound which will provide him with the only chance of age-appropriate speech and language development. This will provide him the opportunity to a better education and independent employment as an adult in the future. If not implanted, it may lead to permanent changes in the auditory cortex in the brain which may make it impossible to benefit from a cochlear implant or any form of hearing restoration surgery in the future. The cochlear implant bypasses the damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. The signals are generated by the implant and are sent passed the auditory nerve to the brain where the signals are recognised as sounds. However, the cochlear implants will cost USD$30,000 as we do not have insurance and there is no government social subsidy or help of any kind. We are raising money to pay for medical expenses including surgery, cochlear implant device, and a trip abroad for the surgery.Marc is growing up and as his parents; we know we have to do something. The only future for our son is to hear with cochlear implants. Just like everyone else, we want to give him the best possible future there is.Life is so precious and this innocent boy who deserves the right to live normally. In advance, we extend our heartfelt thanks for your incredible moral and financial support. Thank you for helping us change the life of our child. Kamaïa and Darlin Jeanty

974 contributors

€1,772.20 collected


Marco & Thijs - Bike4Kika

All, This summer (4th August) myself and my son Thijs will be biking ~1000km from Oberrieden, Switzerland to Schagen, the Netherlands. We will be following the river Rhein all the way to the Netherlands. We aim to complete the bike tour in 10 days. We are doing this to raise money for child cancer research. Reason we are doing this is that a little over a year Thijs’s grandad passed away from cancer. I also had cancer and was lucky enough to survive, as such we want to do what we can to help other people that have cancer. Every little bit helps. All the money donated will go 100% to KIKA, which has been set up in 2002 to fund innovative research for Child Cancer. Treatments have significantly improved but still 1 in 4 children, diagnosed with cancer dies. The charity’s aim is to increase the survival rate of children suffering from cancer from 75% to 95% by 2025. They aim to do this by funding scientific research, improving treatments (less pain, higher cure rate and improved quality of life), concentrating expertise and treatment for children to accelerate experience. We hope you want to support with us this cause as no one especially not a child, should have to die from cancer. Thank you!Thijs & Marco

59 contributors

€8,512 collected


Versions: Anglaise, Allemande, Française et Italienne ci-dessousHello everyone & welcome to this money pot!With just 1-click you can help to contribute to the recognition of the exceptional engagement of our Swiss hospitals care workers during the Coronavirus (COVID 19 ) crisis The money will be allocated on the prorata of number of beds of each hospital in Switzerland. The money will be transfered to the HR depatment of each hospital. The HR departmentwill redistribute the money as a bonus to all care workers.A receipt will be sent to each donor to be deducted on the next tax return. * Give however much you want* All payments are 100% secure* Why It's easy & transparent!Thank you! Hallo Madame, Sir & willkommen in diesem Geldtopf!Mit nur einem Klick können Sie dazu beitragen, dass das aussergewöhnliche Engagement unserer Schweizer Spitalbetreuer während der Coronavirus-Krise (COVID 19 ) anerkannt wird.Das Geld wird auf die anteilige Bettenzahl der einzelnen Spitäler in der Schweiz verteilt.Das Geld wird an die Personalabteilung jedes Spitals überwiesen. Die Personalabteilungwird das Geld als Bonus an alle Pflegekräfte umverteilen.Geben Sie, wie viel Sie wollenJeder Spender erhält eine Quittung, die bei der nächsten Steuererklärung abgezogen wird.Alle Zahlungen sind 100% sicherWarum Es ist einfach und transparent!Vielen Dank! Bonjour Madame, Monsieur & bienvenue dans cette levée de fond !En un seul clic, vous pouvez contribuer à la reconnaissance de l'engagement exceptionnel du personnel soignant de nos hôpitaux suisses durant de la crise du Coronavirus (COVID 19 )L'argent sera alloué au prorata du nombre de lits de chaque hôpital en Suisse.L'argent sera transféré au département des ressources humaines de chaque hôpital. Ce département redistribuera l'argent sous forme de prime à tout personnel soignantDonnez le montant que vous souhaitezUn reçu sera envoyé à chaque donateur à déduire sur la prochaine déclaration dîmpôts.Tous les paiements sont 100% sécurisésPourquoi ? C'est facile et transparent !Vous recevrez un reçu pour la déduction de votre future taxe Gentile Signora, Egregio Signore,Benvenuti in questa raccolta di fondi.Con un solo clic potete contribuire al riconoscimento dell'eccezionale impegno che gli operatori sanitari dei nostri ospedali svizzeri stanno facendo durante questa crisi del Coronavirus (COVID 19 ).La donazione totale sarà assegnata in base al numero di letti in ogni ospedale in Svizzera.I soldi saranno trasferiti al reparto delle Risorse Umane di ogni ospedale. Le vostre donazioni verranno poi ridistribuite come bonus a tutti gli operatori sanitari.Date quello che potete, ogni gesto è importante.Una ricevuta sarà mandata ad ogni persona che farà un dono per permetterle di deddure questo importo dalla prossima dichiarazione fiscale. Tutti i pagamenti sono sicuri al 100%Perché È facile e trasparente!Grazie!

27 contributors

€3,898.10 collected

Support for Aelfin Michel

Aelfin Michel - Critical Condition - Hua Hin, ThailandSadly, on December 31st, Aelfin tragically crashed on a motorbike causing him to suffer severe head and face trauma. Aelfin is currently in ICU under 24 hours medical care and constant support. When Aelfin arrived in emergency he required immediate surgery to remove bleeding on the brain and had part of his skull removed, which will need to be replaced with titanium. His jaw and teeth were severely smashed which will require surgery, as well as other serious facial and head injuries. Unfortunately this is a very critical situation. Due to the severity of his head injuries he has had many operations to date and requires many more, plus 24 hours support and months (if not years) of therapy. The latter is not yet known as we are currently taking it day by day, knowing that each day is a miracle. Aelfin is a fighter and at every set back he is fighting to stay here with us. For those that know him will know his determination and stubbornness. This trait is shining through in his fight for his life. This gives us hope. Holding onto this hope and knowing that Aelfin will keep on fighting, there is a long and very expensive battle ahead of us. He requires many more surgeries, and unfortunately at this stage, we are unsure of the extent of damage and rehabilitation required. We urgently ask all of you to help support Aelfin and his mother, Emma, with the extensive ongoing medical costs and medical care that Aelfin needs now and for the coming months. ALL of the funds donated will be used to cover Aelfin's hospital bills, medical and rehabiliation expenses. We would like to express our gratitude for your kind donations to the SUPPORT AELFIN FUND. Best regards,Aelfin's support team

166 contributors

£12,523.70 collected

Autism Dog for Billie - Autistenhund für Billie

Autism Dog for Billie - Autistenhund für Billie

Billie braucht einen Autistenhund - und ihr könnt helfen!Billie ist Autistin, Aspergerautistin oder hochfunktionale Autistin, wie immer man es auch nennen will.Billie hat jetzt schon einen Hund, George Michael - er hilft er jetzt bereits sehr im Alltag, aber er soll eine echte Ausbildung bekommen und dann wirklich verlässlich zur Seite stehen können. Billie wirkt nach außen komplett normal, aber sie dennoch komplett anders gestrickt als die meisten Menschen. Sie hört und sieht viel mehr und besser als normale Menschen, dh die Welt ist für sie immer sehr laut und grell. So lustig Billie auch ist, so schwer ist es manchmal für sie, andere Menschen zu verstehen, die meisten sozialen Regeln muss sich Billie beibringen, und wenn sie Fehler macht, dann nagt das sehr an ihrem Selbstwert. George wird dann für Billie:. Erkennen, wenn ihr die Umwelt zu viel wird und sie von zu starken Umwelteinflüssen abschirmen (indem er ihre Aufmerksamkeit auf sich lenkt). Erkennnen, wenn sie einen "Sensory Overload" bekommen, dh, wenn ihr Gehirn von den vielen Sinneseindrücken übervoll wird und nicht mehr mit der Informationsverarbeitung nachkommt. Er warnt sie dann und leitet sie aus der Situation heraus.. Er hilft er beim Einschlafen. Er senkt ihre Nervosität. Er hilft ihr bei der Bewätigung sozialer Ängste. Er ist ein Brückenbauer zwischen ihr und anderen Menschen. Er ist immer für sie da und sie für ihn. Ein Autismushund kostet wegen der umfassenden Ausbildung bis zu 30.000 euro. Da wir unseren eigenen Hund ausbilden, wird es billiger - aber noch immer teuer. (Abhängig davon, wie schnell George lernt, wird es 10.000-20.000 euro kosten.) Update: Nach dem letzten Meeting können wir davon ausgehen, dass wir mit einem Budget von ca. 8000€ rechnen müssen - George kann schon so viel und lernt schnell :).Die Krankenkassen zahlen nichts dazu - wie bei den meisten Therapien für Probleme, die AutistInnen haben. Wir sind zwar als Familie in der glücklichen Lage finanziell nicht in einer angespannten Situation zu sein, da wir aber schon so sehr hohe Zusatzkosten aufgrund des Autismus haben (Einzelunterricht, wenn Billie wegen ihrer Ängste nicht die Schule besuchen kann, Psycho- und Physiotherapien, Betreuungsperson, Hörschutz, Sehschutz, Gewichtsdecke, etc etc) sprengen die Kosten für die Hundeausbildung wirklich unsere finanziellen Möglichkeiten. Es wäre sehr toll, wenn ihr mithelfen könntet, dass Billie mehr Freiheit & Lebensglück bekommt, indem sie einen Autistenhund an ihre Seite bekommt. Jede Spende, egal wie klein/groß ist willkommen :) DANKE! ---- Billie is autistic, she is Asperger's or high-functioning autistic, however you wanna call it.Billie already has a dog - called George Michael - he already helps her a lot with her daily routines, but he needs to be properly trained so he can be a real realiable assistance for Billie whereever she goes. Billie will look totally "normal" for other people, but still she is completely different to your average Joe and Jane. Her hearing and visual abilities are way beyond regular human standards - which means this world we live in is constantly too loud, to bright, too colorful and generally to wild and exhausting for her. Billie is a very fun person, but it is incredibly hard for her to get to understand how other humans work, operate, socialize etc. She has to teach herself pretty much anything in the context of social interaction and especially in terms of language - reading between the lines, so complicated! Billie suffers a lot when she makes mistakes and usually other humans are not very forgiving regarding her misinterpreting standard human behavior. George will be there for Billie to:. Notice when Billie is getting overwhelmed and then distract her by concentrating her attention on himself.. Notice when she is going into "Sensory Overload", when her brain is overflown by too much sensory input and fails to digest and filter all the information. He warns her and leads her out of the stressful situation.. He helps her fall asleep.. He lowers her anxiousness.. He helps her deal with social phobias.. He connects between her and other people. He is always here for her and vice versa.



Don't Give up on Bilal!

Don't Give up on Bilal!

Let's get our donations matched and double the impact for Bilal!"A bright, quiet smiley little boy walked the halls of CCCL with his blue tiny backpack that doesn't look so tiny on his petite body. Admitted at only one year old, Bilal suffers from glioma cancer - a brain tumor. Today, the two-year-old Bilal is still taking his treatment and visiting the center, but with the brightest smile of all. "Why are you carrying a backpack? Isn't it summer vacation?" Whether it's summer, spring, fall, or winter, Bilal cannot wait for school to start and to be old enough to attend."He loves watching his sister study and he is always repeating after her and learning new words," said his mother. Indeed, Bilal is always curious to learn new things, as he enjoys spending his time with concrete objects and naming them."He is going to do great things in his life. He is going to be important!" The unique little Bilal warms our hearts with his sweet laugh and his enthusiastic personality! Bilal's treatments are of high cost, and as we know, we are suffering from medication scarcity.You can help secure Bilal's medications and treatment costs by DONATING NOW. Help Us Not Say No to any child whose future depends on his presence. Help Bilal reach her dreams and always stand tall on his feet. Cancer doesn't wait!"Please read:All donations gathered in this moneypot will be made as a single donation on Salesforce Volunteerforce platform to the organization "Children's Cancer Center Lebanon", under Bilal's donation page, to get the donation matched by Salesforce (a confirmation of the donation made will be made once all money gathered).This means that for every 1€ you give on this moneypot, the organization will receive 2€ thanks to Salesforce matching. Double the amount, double the impact.International payments accepted, and every donation amount is anonymous.Thank you so much in advance for your help.Jad Abou Abdallah



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