40th birthday

Mackinnon's Big Ol' 40th Birthday

Created byMackinnon Engen
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$2,026 raised

19 supporters

This campaign ended on Jun 11, 2022.

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MISSION

A few very kind & generous friends keep asking how I want to celebrate my BIG 40th birthday this week. I already feel so grateful for all the goodness in my life and can't think of a better way to celebrate my next journey around the sun than scattering a little joy and goodness to others in need right now.

I hope you'll join in with a small donation to Watsi so we can raise $$$ to support people in need around the world. If you're able to chip in, 100% of your donation will directly fund medical care for a patient in need. When my birthday campaign is over, you’ll get an update on all the people we helped together.

Thank you <3,
Mackinnon

COMMENTS

40 and Fabulous! Wishing a very happy birthday in advance. Thank you for inspiring with your generosity & making the world a much better place!

To many more years of sowing empathy

(Certainly) Grayer and (hopefully) wiser!

SUPPORTERS

Anonymous donated $1,056

8 months ago

Ravi Mulani donated $100

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Kendra Hoffman donated $20

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Benjamin Orthlieb donated $100

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Jeff Escalante donated $50

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Grace Garey donated $40

8 months ago

Anonymous donated $5

8 months ago

Jewel Milestone donated $50

8 months ago

Mo Mullen donated $100

8 months ago

Sonam Singh donated $25

8 months ago

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Patients funded through this campaign

Bo is an eighth grader who lives in the school dormitory during the school year. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. He recently had his arm is amputated to help treat his bone cancer condition, so he is no longer able to play guitar anymore. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left forearm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left forearm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling grew very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper forearm. Bo was in a lot of pain and could not use his left arm. Doctors diagnosed him with bone cancer and amputated his left arm to help stop his cancer from spreading further. He has also undergone chemo treatment after his amputation and now his doctor wants to do an MRI to assess his prognosis and plan for any further treatment that may be needed to protect his health. An MRI is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Bo's MRI and care, scheduled for March 11th. Bo said, "Since I finished my surgery and finished chemo injection, I am able to continue my studies without any pain. I hope that I will be able to continue my studies until I gradate from school."

$814raised
Fully funded

Dar is a 21-day-old baby girl who lives with her parents and her brother in a village in the border area of Karen State in Burma. Dar was born at home with the help of a traditional birth attendant. Two days after she was born, Dar's mother noticed a problem when Dar was passing stool. She told Dar’s father to call a medic from the clinic to their home. The medic realized that Dar was born with a anorectal condition and shared with Dar’s mother that baby Dar would urgently need surgery to receive a colostomy. Dar’s parents are subsistence farmers who grow rice and raise chickens. They also forage for vegetables in the jungle and go fishing when they want to eat fish. To purchase staples that they cannot produce such as salt and oil, Dar’s father works as an agricultural day labourer during the rainy season. However, since the rainy season has not yet begun, they currently have no income. However, their daily needs are fulfilled from living off the land. If they are sick and need to seek treatment, they go to the free clinic in their village run by Burma Medical Association (BMA). Fortunately our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping Dar's family access the medical care she needs. They need help raising $1,500 to fund the treatment she needs. “We had to borrow money so far for Dar’s treatment and my husband cannot work,” said Dar’s mother. “I want to send my baby to school until she graduates so that she can become educated. I want this for her future because I only went to school until grade four. After she completes her studies, she can become whatever she wants one day.”

$1,500raised
Fully funded

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