Born in the USA

Jake was loved by everyone. Jake was born in the USA. When still a baby, the young family along with Jake decided to return to Cuenca and with their small savings built a house. His father had trouble finding work. When Jake was 3-years old, they noticed something was not right. Jake was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. Without work or health insurance the father spent about $50,000 on operations and medications for Jake. Normally with proper intervention, children with this type of brain cancer have a 60-80% survival rate.

His father found a job making $400 per month but spends $330 per month on the remaining debt of $11,000 for Jake’s surgeries. That is not a lot left over for food and other expenses. Jake and his family were on our Christmas list for children with cancer. Unfortunately, Jake died in his mother’s arms a few weeks ago. The family asked us if we could just help them with a headstone for their beloved son for Christmas. Everyone misses Jake so much.

Jake is just one of 100 children on our list. Some of these will not see another Christmas. We want to make this Christmas special for every one of them, but we cannot do it without your support. To support our Christmas program you can make a donation at: You can also visit us to make your donation in person at Juan Montalvo and Mariscal Sucre. Thank you for supporting children facing catastrophic illness.

Garry Vatcher: 099 094 7611. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

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