My name is Gregory Dean, I am a Disabled Veteran Amputee with cancer (Multiple Myleoma and Amyloidosis) living in Martinez California. I am writing this letter in hopes that you can help us.
My wife Alejandra and I lived in Pittsburgh and Antioch California for almost 10 years and during that time Alejandra worked for a restaurant locally in Pittsburgh and I was an emergency room nurse at the county hospital in Martinez, California. Some of you may remember I won the Ruth Pease Award in 2006, the only time it was given to a nurse then.
The Ruth Pease Award, named for a former employee At contra costa regional medical center, is given to a member of the medical staff who demonstrates outstanding achievement and dedication to patient-centered care.
We lived a simple life and enjoyed spending time with one another and had 3 wonderful Chihuahuas. In 2005 I was diagnosed with cancer, (Amyloidosis, followed by Multiple Myleoma)) after confirmation from a renal biopsy. One year later, I was told that my kidneys were failing and I needed to go on dialysis.
I was placed on Peritoneal Dialysis in 2005 and continued to work in the Emergency Room as my symptoms were not exasperated at this time. By January 2011 my symptoms became progressively worse as I had problems walking, my hands and feet were becoming numb and I had difficulty performing my regular duties.
In February 2011 my physician placed me on disability. During that year Alejandra and I had decided to move to Mazatlan, Mexico to live. Moving to Mexico would do a couple of things for us, first, since Alejandra was undocumented this would allow her to use Mexico's medical benefits, she could drive legally and she would be close to her family. Secondly, it would help us to save money, as I was only receiving Social Security Disability and the ratio of the Mexican Peso to the Dollar was 12 to 1.
So off to Mexico we go, car, RV and 3 Chihuahuas in tow. We arrived in Mazatlan, Mexico and it had taken us approximately 14 days of driving. After spending some time in an RV park while looking for a place to live, we finally were able to find a small house approximately 2 miles from away from the Zona Dorada. We spent time buying new appliances for the kitchen and looking for used furniture for the rest of the house. It was a wonderful time being with my wife, she never complained about pushing me around in a wheelchair from place to place as we looked for certain things for our new home.
Mazatlan Zona Dorada is the section of the city where most hotels, restaurants, bars, and discos of this tourist center are located. Walking or shopping, enjoying sun or beaches or tasting dishes of various first class cuisines are options in Mazatlan Zona Dorada.
Once we settled in, we started to learn about our new surroundings, and began discovering shopping centers, pharmacies and things that were close to us that could help us live. After living in Mazatlan a short while I became very ill, and had to be hospitalized for a severely low blood count and dangerously low sodium level. I was there for 3 days and then sent home. Several weeks later I was hospitalized again for the same thing and due to an extreme shortage of O Negative blood in the country of Mexico and my low hemoglobin and sodium levels, the medical staff recommended that I seek treatment in the U.S.
I arrived at John Muir emergency department and was given 2 units of blood, and began to fix my sodium level. I spent over 7 weeks recuperating and once stabilized I was transferred to the CREC, The Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care at the Veterans Hospital in Martinez, California. This was December 19th, 2011. I spent nearly 2 years in rehabilitation before my release in late September of 2013.
While I was in the rehabilitation center I petitioned immigration for Alejandra to receive a humanitarian visa, and wanted to get a hearing with a judge but both were denied. I appealed this denial and sent more detailed medical information and they denied this appeal. Their reasoning for the denials was in 2006 Alejandra's father died and she went back to Mexico to attend to the funeral, and then crossed over again to come back home to me.
I have exhausted our savings paying for immigration fees and legal help, and have no money left. But there maybe hope, a new law just created by President Obama called "Parole in Place", could help us. On November 15, 2013, USCIS issued a memo establishing a formal policy of providing parole on a case-by-case basis to the undocumented parents, spouses, and children of veterans and active military members.
This is why I am writing this letter to you. I am asking you to look inside your heart and pray or do what ever it is that you do and think hard about this.
I know these times are difficult for everyone, but I need my wife here to help take care of me so that I can live the rest of my life in peace, hope and love with the woman of my dreams. Those of you that know me, know that I am a fighter, not a quitter. I will not give up, I will continue to look at all avenues to help my wife come to the United States legally.
So please, if you can help me, donate whatever you can, the amount is not important, what is important is that you listen to your heart and give freely.
I deeply appreciate this from the bottom of my heart. I am thinking positive, and looking forward to the day that my wife and I are together again, this time forever.
Thank you and God bless.
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