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Bless Their Bags | Help For Betty & Donnarence

Hi, my beloved readers.  We all need to help each other and today I would just like to take a few moments of your time to extend a message of help for 2 girls I know by sharing their situation with you.  This is not a scam and I know some of you have been reading the blog for 2 years now.  I know both Betty and Donnarence personally and their situations are separate.  At the bottom of this post I will be including their bank account details accordingly and will be helping by making international donations easier with the ease of my Paypal Email ID  for donations, all those details will be at the bottom.  If you trust me enough and are personally moved to help please do.  Let’s begin with my super, super dear friend Catherine “Betty” Sanchez who was born with a unique blood disease, I’ll make all this as concise as I can.  I super as in duper love this girl even though we don’t get to see as much of each other as we should.

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CATHERINE “BETTY” SANCHEZ, Age 33.  In 2nd photo above is a group of my friends and myself.  We all sincerely wanted to pull together to do a kidney fund drive for Betty, shortly after that first meeting my grandfather was confined and I was asked by the family to focus on raising funds for him ‘coz it was also quite urgent.  Meeting with the same group again for Betty wasn’t easy to facilitate as everyone had previous commitments after that happened.  Betty had an ongoing T-Shirt drive bringing in supporting funds.

Betty’s medical condition has been battling a disease for half of her life and I’ll make this as concise as I can.  She needs a new kidney.  The situation began when she was 15 when she was diagnosed with henoch shonlein purpura a rare condition which is an inflammation of the blood vessels.  She grew up not being able to attend js proms, retreats, and high school graduations.  She underwent dialysis (an uncomfortable process where you go in to get your blood filtered) when she was 17, but at that age her kidney still recovered quickly, within 2 months, with much maintenance medication.  After recovering she went back to school.  At 18 it was recommended that she have a kidney transplant since dialysis doesn’t really cure, it just temporarily flushes toxins from the bloodstream. She then had her transplant in 2000, the kidney was a perfect match donated by her brother.  For 12 years Betty has been on immunosuppressant drugs, the side effects of which include a drastic weakening of the immune system.  I met Betty 3 years after her transplant in 2003 where she first began her job alongside me as a freelance digital artist at Unitel Productions, here she never had any serious symptoms, just the occasional cough or cold and we became friends/sisters in Christ for life.  In 2010 she worked as an in-house artist for Optima Digital, she resigned after 1 year and 1 month due to the workload and health concerns.  She went back to freelancing but just last March 2012 Betty fell ill and was hospitalized for elevated creatinine in her blood.  Creatinine is a toxin that is supposed to be flushed out by the body but with a dysfunctional kidney its levels escalate in the blood.  Frequent dialysis is costly and traumatic.  The doctor administered a huge dose of a strong immunosuppressant to Betty.  Her bill for that 1 week at the National Kidney Center was Php300,000.  Last April 15 Betty’s creatinine levels are recorded still way above normal and she was finally told that she needs a second transplant.  Betty’s hope has always been to alleviate the burden of the financial costs from treatment through the years that have begun to way heavily on her aging parents.  We’re well aware of the bigger picture which is that Betty needs a new kidney transplant which counts as her 2nd. From her previous transplant, during the first operation she almost lost her life, but didn’t.  She even had one of those “light at the end of the tunnel” experiences.  Right now they were hopeful with the opportunity of 2 live donors but the donors were rejected due to the heart condition of one and early signs of diabetes with the other.

If you are moved to help Betty with any monetary amount even if it’s just to alleviate the cost of her medical maintenance here are her bank details.

CATHERINE L. SANCHEZ  (Name for Both Bank Accounts),

BDO:  – #4550160120, UNIONBANK:  #109452288873

You may also send your donation via Paypal thru Paypal email ID “julia.arenas@gmail.com” and email me using that address stating your name and how much you donated so I can  give the exact amount to Betty.  If you donated you may also leave Betty a comment of encouragement or prayer below this blog post.  Next, I’d like to introduce Donnarence who suffered a family Christmas tragedy just last December.

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DONNARENCE MASILUNGAN, Beauty Blogger

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My fellow Beauty Blogger, Donnarence’s story (My Lucid Intervals, left in 1st photo, center in 2nd) , is shorter and straightforward because I don’t know the details from beginning to end but it’s no less urgent.  You see, last Christmas Day, Donnarence’s house burned to the ground and she quickly put up a post about it here.  Martha, The Beauty Junkee, was the first to post details on this if I’m not mistaken and although Donnarence has replied to me saying she’s okay I’m sure they are still in need of much support.  She’s one of those bloggers who’s genuinely sweet to everyone around her in a simple way.  Her family  escaped the flames with the clothes on their back, her camera, 2 TVs, their diplomas and photos.  If you feel moved to help Donnarence face the New Year with any amount of monetary support here are her details:

Donnarence M. Masilungan, BPI N. Domingo Branch
Account no: 3889 1200 52
If you’re an international reader and feel like helping either Betty or Donnarence feel free to send a donation via Paypal using email ID:  julia.arenas@gmail.com and just remember to send me an email indicating how much you donated and for whom, thank you!  It makes more sense to use my Paypal account for them because it’s up already and has been functional for years so no time wasted in setting up a new one.  Local readers are also welcome to send donations via my Paypal email ID just please remember to also send an email message with the details.  The world is definitely a better place if we take the time to help one another 🙂  If you have any questions please feel free to email me at the blog’s email address: probinsiyana@gmail.com

 

 

 

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