Suzanne's 22nd Birthday!

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Created by Suzanne Chou

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This campaign ended on Dec 22, 2015.

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Hey friends! My 22nd birthday is coming around the corner on December 21. This year, I'd really like to try something different for my birthday. Instead of physical presents or cards, please consider donating to my birthday campaign to help save lives. 100% of the money raised from this campaign will go directly to fund medical operations for those who cannot afford it. Even a contribution of $5 or just sharing my campaign will make a difference, but I also have hopes that we can raise $1000!

Once my campaign ends, the money will contribute to many of these patients' life-changing medical operations, and you will get their stories and updates of their procedures. There are many people who are separated from spending time with their families and friends in good health just because of financial cost, and I know that we can work together to change this.

Thank you so much for your support, and let us spread the holiday cheer!

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Kelvin

Meet Kelvin, an 11-month-old boy from Kenya. “He is the youngest of five children. When Kelvin’s mother first gave birth to her sone, he was healthy for the first four months. Then, his head began increasing in size,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “His eyes have sunk into his head and he cries out in pain more and more each day,” AMHF explains. Kelvin has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the head. AMHF continues, “As a result, it is causing an increased intra-cranial pressure inside the skull and may lead to progressive enlargement of the head, if not treated. The elevated intracranial pressure may result to life-threatening brains them compression and potentially cause convulsion, tunnel vision, and possibly mental disability.” Kelvin’s mother, who raises her son on her own, sells vegetables from the plot of land that she shares with her parents. She earns approximately $3 each day, which she uses to send her older children to school. “It has become difficult for his mother to continue on with her business of selling vegetables as most of her time is spent on trying to seek medical help for her son in the hospital,” AMHF says. “Kelvin’s treatment will help his mother get back to her business and be able to earn money to sustain her five children who entirely depend on her.” “Kelvin’s surgery will help reduce the excessive pressure in the brain, prevent visual impairment, and death,” says AMHF. The treatment, called a hydrocephalus shunt, involves the implementation of two catheters and flow control valve system to drain the excess fluid, and costs $980. “I hope my son can support his head soon and his head can stop increasing in size,” shares Kelvin’s devoted mother. “Finances are the only restrictions.”

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