Mark is a kindergartener from Guatemala whose favorite thing to do is play with toy cars. He drives them around with his hands everywhere he goes.
Mark has has an extremely rare congenital disorder called Proteus Syndrome. This disorder causes erratic and asymmetrical growth of his bones, soft tissue, and skin.
Asymmetric tonsil overgrowth is quite common in kids with Proteus Syndrome, and Mark has a very large right tonsil that has grown so large it is now touching his other tonsil. This has caused his breathing to be obstructed while he sleeps, impeding his ability to get a good night’s sleep. This often makes him irritable and fatigued, slows his physical growth, and is causing him significant developmental delays, threatening his ability to learn and be successful in school.
Mark needs $592 for a tonsillectomy. This treatment will allow him to sleep better at night, improve his mood, and increase his ability to focus in school. This will also get him back on track to grow and develop at a more normal rate.
“My dream is for Mark to be independent, so he does not suffer and can be happy,” his father said.