Lucas Bradstreet



Lucas' Story

Lucas joined Watsi on October 16th, 2013. Three years ago, Lucas became the 188th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,958 more people have become monthly donors! Lucas' most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support JP, a student from Philippines, to fund treatment for a congenital malformation.


Lucas has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 13 countries.

All patients funded by Lucas


"Jade is 13 month old boy who loves to play with his brothers," shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). "He lives in a small house made out of wood and bamboo with his four siblings." Jade's family lives in one of the poorest cities in the Philippines. His father works as a farmer, but doesn't earn enough money to feel each of his children adequately. "As a result, Jade is malnourished and small for his age. He is a friendly child that loves playing with other kids," ICM explains. ICM continues, "One out of five children under-5 in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases." For $184, we can enroll Jade in ICM's home-based feeding program, which provides nutrient enriched food packs to help him regain a normal amount of weight. As part of the program, "staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress," ICM explains. "To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening." "I hope Jade will have good health," his parents share. "I hope that he can study and become a professional someday."

100% funded

Fully funded

Gloria is a baby girl from Guatemala who is far too small for her age. Despite being eight months old, she is the size of an average four-month-old. Gloria is severely malnourished due to consuming too little protein and too few calories and nutrients. Her poor diet is not only affecting her size but is also weakening her immune system, causing to her almost constantly have a cold, fever, or diarrhea. If Gloria does not receive treatment, she could face long-term consequences such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Gloria lives with her parents and four older siblings in a one-room house made of cinderblocks with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, earning only a couple of dollars per day harvesting beans, corn, and squash. Her mother takes care of Gloria and her siblings. She also wakes most mornings before dawn to look for firewood to sell while carrying baby Gloria on her back. Although the family wants the best for Gloria, they cannot afford to give her even one piece of fruit, vegetable, or egg per day. This makes it impossible for her to overcome malnutrition without medical treatment. For $512, Gloria will receive growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation to help her recover from malnutrition. Her parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Gloria the diet she needs to grow and develop normally, even with their limited resources. With treatment, Gloria will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories for healthy growth and development instead of for recovery from frequent bouts of diarrhea. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition and give Gloria the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made her sick in the first place. “I dream that my daughter grows healthy," shares Gloria's mother. "And when she’s big, she can study to be a teacher in the community."

100% funded

Fully funded

Three-month-old Lorens is the only child to his young parents. He was born with a swollen mass on the back of his neck. Due to a lack of knowledge, his parents took the situation lightly. Little did they know that the mass was spina bifida and that, if left untreated, it would lead to further complications. A friend who noticed the swelling noted that it was not normal. Unfortunately for Lorens' parents, by this time it was a little too late; Lorens had already developed tethered spinal cord syndrome, a condition involving the fixation of tissue to the spinal cord. Surgery is required to release the tethered cord as soon as possible, but Lorens' parents are unable to raise the necessary funds. They did manage to fund $104 of their son's treatment, but the little income they receive from casual employment in their neighborhood has left them in need of financial support. Lorens' father is a casual laborer and will settle for any task, whether it is construction or transporting hand-driven carts, to meet the needs of his family. His wife is a stay-at-home mother. The family resides in a single-rental house in the suburbs. With $1,165 in funding, Lorens will finally be able to undergo a tethered cord release, thus eliminating pain, allowing fuller range of motion, and reducing other risk factors associated with the condition. Surgery will greatly improve Lorens' quality of life and allow him to grow up a healthy young boy. “I wish I could do more to make my son’s life easier," shares Lorens' mother. "I will do any job assigned to me just to have this pain eliminated from Lorens."

100% funded

Fully funded