Life-Giving: Give an Alternative Gift
this season that keeps on giving, as a single gift or a
monthly pledge.Your gift will be acknowledged to the receiver
with a beautiful card.
Most of our diabetic patients
suffer from type 2 diabetes, but Juan
is twenty years old and he has type 1 diabetes.
He became insulin dependent at the age of 13
years, but we cannot afford to buy insulin, so he
has to go to the other side of Managua (2 hours
there and 2 hours home on the bus) to get his
treatment from the Ministry of Health.
Because of his diabetes, Juan has ulcers on his
remaining foot…the other was amputated a few
years ago. Remember the 4 hour bus
ride? Now imagine it with one ulcerated foot
and no second foot.
Juan is the second of three boys in a household that includes
the brothers, the parents and two sisters.
His mother is also an amputee and has diabetes.
His father is a part-time construction worker
helper and is the main income provider.
His sister, Idalia, is 23 years old, pregnant,
diabetic and makes tortillas which are often the only food in the
home…which is dangerous for diabetics. A church will
sometimes provide food for the family and when
they do, Juan at least gets lunch. Needless
to say, Juan is hungry most of the time. He
does not get enough calories and the calories he
does eat oftentimes send his blood sugar sky-high.
Our clinic provides diabetic medication by mouth and ulcer care, but Juan needs insulin treatments closer to home and nutritional supplements
as well as just food.
give a gift that
will help Juan and others like him who
suffer from poverty and diabetes.