I'm a single mother of one very sweet little girl who, unfortunately, has been suffering from some serious medical problems. She started getting really sick toward the end of the last school year. She was having pain and vomiting that, after countless trips to the doctor and the emergency room and losing 7 pounds throughout the summer, we still couldn't figure out.
We finally got a sonogram of her kidneys and bladder and were informed that my daughter would need to go down to UCSF Children's Hospital. She needed to see a kidney specialist as soon as possible. This not only was a huge and very scary thing for both of us, but it also was, basically, impossible for me pull off financially.
We live paycheck to paycheck and there's not much room for saving anything. I work hard and do the very best that I can. But I just never get ahead. Every time I get a little bit saved, something comes up and it's gone again. I was lying awake all night trying to figure out how I was going to get us to San Francisco and where we were going to stay. I never even asked for help from the Children's Fund. Word just got out in the community that my daughter was going through this, and within a few days the Children’s Fund arranged for me to have the funds I needed for our trip, and even gave extra grocery shopping vouchers to use as I needed. One of the ladies from the Children’s Fund board even took care of our pets while we were gone.
I can't even begin to explain how amazing these people are and how much thay did for us. They gave me the ability to put all of my focus on my daughter and just be there for her without thinking about how was I going to pay for all this. We were able to make the trip to UCSF Children's Hospital and see the amazing doctors and get answers to my daughter’s condition all because of the Children's Fund. There is nothing I can do but say thank you so very much. I don't know what we would have done with out them.