This is Francisco Pop Jr of Maya Centre, Belize. Francisco is 16 and a student at Ecumenical High School in Dangriga. Francisco also works with his father on the family farm and landscape business. His ambition is to study culinary arts in Mexico and eventually become an executive chef.
Francisco has been diagnosed with meningioma, a tumor growing on his spinal cord at his third cervical vertebra. The tumor is not malignant; however, the growth is affecting Francisco’s nervous system. Over the last 5 months his symptoms have gotten progressively worse: his right hand and leg are weakening and his foot is now dragging. His doctor says that he needs surgery as soon as possible, because if we wait too long, the damage caused by the tumor may be irreversible and he could suffer complete paralysis.
The Belize public health care system has no facilities for neurosurgical procedures. The nearest facility is in Chetumal, Mexico, where the clinic has estimated the cost at $8,000 USD, including hospital care and professional fees. Other costs will include travel for Francisco and his parents, plus their accommodations and expenses while he is hospitalized.
Please consider contributing to help this young man recover and fulfill his dreams. Thanks for whatever you can do to help Francisco and his family.