An angel for an angel

By Chuck Rubin

This angel needs an angel. She is Brenda Berenice. Brenda suffers from renal failure and has since she was seven years old. Initially, Brenda showed few signs of being sick. Then as time went on she started to feel weak, her legs and ankles began to swell, she had difficulty sleeping and then trouble remembering and concentrating. It was determined that she needed hemodialysis to help her failing kidneys clear toxins from her blood.

For the last four years, Patronato Pro Niños has fully covered the costs for the three-times-a-week hemodialysis. Patronato’s mandate allows us to use donations and the proceeds from our fundraising efforts to cover the costs of a wide array of medical services for children from the ages of 0 through 16 years. We have been doing this for 42 years and we have helped many, many thousands of children; more than 11,000 in 2012 alone.

We continue to work diligently to find Brenda a kidney so that she can receive a transplant and regain a normal life. We found the resources to provide hemodialysis for Brenda for two years beyond our normal coverage. But this year Brenda will be 19 years old and unfortunately we can no longer support her through our operating budget. We are working closely with the Mexican government, foundations serving kidney patients in Mexico and Seguro Popular, and are very hopeful Brenda will receive a kidney in the next 12-24 months. The Carlos Slim Foundation will cover the cost of the operation but they will not cover the costs of continuing hemodialysis, nor the absolutely essential immunosuppressant medications Brenda will need to keep her body from rejecting a transplanted kidney.

Brenda needs an angel, or perhaps many angels; angels who will cover the costs of her dialysis until she gets a transplant and the medications she will need after the transplant. The dialysis costs 12,000 pesos a month, of which the family pays half. The anti-rejection medications will cost only 1400 pesos a month for the first few months and will diminish as less medication is required over time. This very small amount of money will literally save this young woman’s life.

This angel needs an angel. Can you see yourself being Brenda’s angel? Or perhaps you know of a group who could help. We hope so. For more information please contact Jay Moskowitz, President of Patronato Pro Niños, at


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