Maria is a 42-year-old woman from Guatemala. She lives with her husband and two sons, Edgar and Juan, in a remote Mayan community. She and her family do not have a consistent income, as her husband is only able to find work during harvest seasons. Lately, Maria has not been able to get out of bed, leaving her family worried and sad. Last fall, Maria was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to Watsi support, she received chemotherapy that was effective in shrinking her tumor. Now, Maria needs radiotherapy to continue her treatment. "Thanks to God and to you, I feel better," she says. "I know that I still need treatment, but I will do everything I have to do. I still want want to take care of my children." Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,487 to provide Maria with the radiotherapy, interpretation, and transportation she needs to treat her cancer. The treatment is scheduled to begin on March 2 at our medical partner's care center, INCAN. After treatment, Maria looks forward to returning to her family and daily activities.
Manuel is a 38-year-old father living in Guatemala who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in January 2017. He was diagnosed after being seen for fatigue and generalized malaise. Since his diagnosis, his nine siblings and their families have gathered frequently to pray, eat, and offer their support. He acknowledges his fortune to have a strong support network, including his wife, son, and infant daughter who was born in December. Manuel's treatment plan includes radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which costs $1,487. He works as an auto mechanic, and he needs outside help to pay for his expensive cancer treatment. Treatment will begin on March 27. Following his recovery, Manuel looks forward to returning to his work. This support will enable Manuel to get the treatment he needs.
Micaela is a 55-year-old mother of five from Guatemala. She's lived alone since her husband died ten years ago. For a living, she sells tortillas and manages a small store near her home. She's worked incredibly hard to raise her children, and she's very proud of them now that they're grown. Micaela has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, which is the leading cause of death among women in Guatemala. Early stage cervical cancer is asymptomatic. Most women in rural indigenous communities, like the one Micaela is from, cannot afford and do not have access to the pap exam and the follow-up. Micaela first visited our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, in 2015. Her pap results were abnormal, so she received a colposcopy to test for further cell changes. She now needs to undergo radiation. However, she makes very little money and cannot afford the therapy. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,487 to fund Micaela's treatment. Radiation therapy will give Micaela her best chance to get well and beat her cancer.
Maria is a 36-year-old mother who lives with her family in a rural part of Guatemala. In 2014, Watsi assisted Maria in receiving treatment for a tumor growing on her neck. The treatment reduced the tumor, but recently the tumor has resurged. If left untreated, the cancer will likely spread and threaten her life. Maria has again sought help from Watsi. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), has recommended she receive a series of radiation therapy sessions scheduled to start on April 3. WK is requesting $1,487 to fund her therapy sessions. She has been resilient and determined throughout her long treatment process. Maria has found it difficult to explain to her son that she is sick. She shares, "I have a son named Alejandro. I want to live a long time and see him grow up."
Lucia is a 43-year-old single mother living in rural Guatemala with her five children. Lucia was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer, which is the leading cause of death among women in Guatemala. Most women in rural indigenous communities, like the one Lucia is from, cannot afford the therapy and do not have access to pap-smear exams and follow ups. As a result, cervical cancer prevention is almost impossible. Early stage cervical cancer is asymptomatic, but as the cancer grows it can induce abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain, anemia, and urinary problems, among others. Seeking assistance, Lucia traveled to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, where she is scheduled to begin her full radiation chemotherapy treatment plan on April 26. She is requesting $1,487 to cover the total cost of the treatment and hospital stays. Lucia says, “I have put everything into God’s hands. I know that with the help of the doctors and with your help, I will keep going. I still have much to do, and I wish more than anything for my children to continue on. I don’t want to leave my children. They still have family members, but it is not the same without their mother. I will continue fighting, and although I only have two children who are still in school, it is my dream to see them graduate.”
Martina is a 56-year-old woman from Guatemala. She recently received abnormal results on a pap smear and a Watsi-funded colposcopy, a possible indicator of cervical cancer. On December 12, Martina underwent a cone biopsy. During this procedure, doctors remove tissue from the cervix to test it for cell abnormality. In many cases, this procedure is curative, removing all abnormal cells. If not, the results will determine if Martina needs further treatment. While cervical cancer is a dangerous condition, it is also relatively treatable when caught early. Martina is an entrepreneur, mother, and wife. During Guatemala's civil war, she relocated her family to escape the violence in her rural hometown. Now, she lives with her husband, and she sells goods in a nearby store. Martina cannot afford healthcare, so our medical partner is requesting $471 to fund this procedure. "I hope it is nothing bad," says Martina, "but above all else I am very grateful for the support."
Emiliana is a 38-year-old woman from Guatemala. She recently received Watsi donor support to undergo a [colposcopy](https://watsi.org/profile/4d3c786fcbfb-emiliana) following the results of an abnormal pap smear. Unfortunately, the colposcopy showed that she needed to undergo a more invasive biopsy. On December 21, Emiliana underwent a cone biopsy to remove the cancerous tissue and rule out the need for chemotherapy or radiation. This treatment is simple and will likely remove all or most of the cancerous tissue. Emiliana says she is prepared to begin her fight against cancer. Now, she needs help to fund this $471 procedure.
Meet Maria from Guatemala. She is a mother of nine children, and she works hard to take care of her family and home. Maria recently received results from a Watsi-funded [colposcopy](https://watsi.org/profile/386039f15b87-maria) procedure, which revealed abnormal cell changes in her cervix. This is an indicator of cervical cancer, which is the leading cause of death amongst women in Guatemala. Doctors at our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), have recommended that Maria undergo a cone biopsy. This procedure will remove the abnormal cells and send them off for laboratory testing. Results from the cone biopsy will provide a firm diagnosis and indicate whether or not Maria needs further treatment. However, this exam is expensive and requires Maria to travel from her home in rural Guatemala to the city. WK is asking for $418 to pay for the cone biopsy, physician consults, and Maria's travel to and from the medical care center. Maria says, "I want to thank you for being with me in all of these steps. It is another step now that we are taking. I hope to God that everything is good, because I have to recuperate and keep taking care of my children."
Irma lives in rural Guatemala with her children and two grandchildren. She has taken care of two of her grandchildren since their father died in a car accident several years ago. When she finds a free moment, she likes to listen to music. Irma received an abnormal colposcopy result that showed cell changes in her cervix, which could indicate cancer. Now, she needs a cone biopsy to further test and remove those cells. Without treatment, Irma will be forced to live with uncertainty. If she does have cancer, her cancer could progress and threaten Irma's life. Irma is excited to have a clear diagnosis and appreciates all the support she is receiving in this process. She works odd jobs to provide for her family, but she does not earn enough money to pay for her treatment. Your donation will pay for Irma to have a $418 cone biopsy, a procedure that will remove a cone shape section of tissue from her cervix. She will undergo this procedure on March 22. The test will reveal if Irma has cervical cancer. If additional treatment is necessary, the cone biopsy will help Irma's medical team tailor her treatment and give her the best care possible. Irma shares, "Now I feel a great hope for a better state of life."
Maria is a mother from Guatemala. She lives with her family in Guatemala's rural western highlands. She works at home maintaining the household, doing tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her grandchildren. Recently, Maria received an abnormal colposcopy result showing cell changes in her cervix that could indicate cancer. Now, she needs to undergo a procedure to further test and remove those cells. Cervical cancer, while uncommon due to screening in most developed countries, remains a top killer of women in Guatemala. Our medical partner's doctors want Maria to receive a cone biopsy, a procedure that will remove a cone-shaped section of tissue from her cervix. This test will reveal if she has cervical cancer and may remove all cancerous tissue, meaning that Maria would need no additional follow-up. If additional treatment is necessary, the cone biopsy will help Maria's medical team tailor her treatment and give her the best care possible. This exam is expensive and requires Maria to travel to the capital city. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $418 to fund the procedure, scheduled for April 16. Maria says, "I am grateful to you all for helping me undergo these procedures. If it were not for this organization I would not know what illness I have."