It is nice to know that when you donate to a cause you believe in, that the money will be well spent. Helping kids in need of medical assistance is what the Mexico Children’s Foundation was created to accomplish. The MCF strives to focus on getting care to those who need it, as well as making the process as transparent as possible to our supporters.
The Mexico Children’s Foundation believes that children are our future, and that every child deserves an opportunity to live a happy and healthy life. Juan Manuel is a child who has faced many challenges in his young life. The MCF is proud to tell some of his story, and the part that we played in in it.
Juan Manuel’s story
When Juan Manuel first came to the attention of the MCF, he was a young child and unable to walk. Diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy, he was experiencing a wide range of symptoms that affected his muscles ability to develop.
Juan is now sixteen years old, and has seen a remarkable improvement in his quality of life.
Dealing with a disease like his requires long term care to bring about positive changes. Physical Therapy would be an integral part of his treatment. Nogales Arizona is known for the St. Andrews Clinic, where volunteer health care specialists see kids from both sides of the border. The first hurdle involved providing transportation for Juan Manuel, since the clinic is at least a five hour drive away. Over time, the treatments began to pay off.
“The doctors tell me that the recovery has been miraculous, as a child with cerebral palsy, hardly improved their condition” says Juan Manuel’s mother. “Through therapy and surgery, he has been able to straighten his feet, and now walks assisted only by a cane.”
For nine years, the MCF has been there to support Juan Manuel with medications, surgery, transportation and more. He had also experienced serious problems with his vision. “Juan Manuel had complications in his eyes, as the same paralysis and muscular dystrophy caused the eyes to atrophy. After operations, treatments, ointments, and special eye drops, his eyesight returned so he could enjoy the world that he had lost at an early age” says Juan’s mother.
Transparency, and making every dollar count
Success stories like Juan Manuel’s are the reason the Mexico Children’s Foundation works to find the resources that can improve a child’s life. The MCF is a US registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit. “Our promise is that our foundation will be accountable and transparent to our supporters. Every penny or peso qoes to help a child with a serious medical need” says founder Steve Schwab.
The MCF accepts tax deductible donations given at their website Every year, a unique ‘walkathon’ happens on the desert roads Southern Arizona. People are encouraged to support the foundation through donations pledges as Steve walks, mostly solo, from Phoenix all the way to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. The week or more walk does a lot to raise awareness as well for the needs of children south of the border. The 2016 ended with a road side reception from the Mayors of both Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta, Mexico, and a pledge to increase local support for the event next year.
“All the improvement that my son has had, I owe to Steve Schwab and his foundation. Without it, he would would not have survived¨ says Juan Manuel’s mother.
Check out the MCF website to learn more about the impact that the foundation continues to have in the lives of children, and their families, in this part of the world. Your donation will provide options, and hope, for kids facing challenging times.