By Jim Carey
On Friday, July 10, Pro Niños will be hosting our annual gala at the new convention center, La Casona. Those who have attended one of our galas in the past know they are the event of the season! This year we’re calling the evening Viva Pro Niños: it’s who we are and it’s what we do. Please plan on attending.
Gala, Viva Pro Niños
Fri, Jul 10, 6pm
La Casona Event Center
US$125 or 1,850 pesos
To help you decide, we’d like to introduce you to a very special young boy. His name is Yair Mulato Ramírez. Yair is four and half years old and lives in the rural community of Don Francisco, a 35-minute bus ride on the road to Guanajuato. After the bus ride there is a four-kilometer dusty trek over hills, streams, and a river, to his house.
Pro Niños’ first contact with Yair and his mother, Marisol, was in September of 2012, when one of our volunteers in Don Francisco spotted Marisol carrying a tiny, listless child on her back. When asked if the child had a problem, Marisol explained that he couldn’t walk. They were invited to the Pro Niños clinic to be evaluated by our doctor.
It was determined that Yair has Schizencephaly, a slit or cleft in the cerebral hemisphere of his brain. He suffers seizures and has developmental delays in speech, language, and other skills due to problems with brain-spinal cord communication.
Pro Niños began providing support to Yair so that he could receive physical therapy. Within a few months of these services, Marisol told us that he had more strength in his torso and was more responsive to people and stimuli. She was very excited to tell us that Yair shows real excitement when his father, Alejandro, comes home from work.
The twice weekly, tedious trip to San Miguel uses up the scant resources of this family. Pro Niños reimburses their transportation costs so that Yair can receive his therapy and also attend special education classes at Centro de Atención Multiple. In addition, the medications to control his seizures, which are not covered under Seguro Popular (the national health insurance program), are also provided by Pro Niños. Yair may never be able to walk but his strength and coordination are much improved with the support he receives from Pro Niños.This would not be possible without the gift of love you give when you support Pro Niños. Please come to Viva Pro Niños on July 10 so we can continue to help. Our mission “to help children thrive” has helped Yair to “thrive.” Our and your reward is Yair’s beautiful smile.