On Aaron’s 10 birthday, Saturday, July 6, a terrible tragedy occurred. Around 11 am., my baby brother Aaron was playing outside of our apartment complex, when two older men (our neighbors) approached him with both an illegal and homemade firework. One of the men tossed it to Aaron unexpectedly knowing how dangerous the situation was going to end. The men lit the firework and tossed it towards him, leaving no time for him to toss it away. Eventually, Aaron lost all his fingers from his left hand. Also leaving him with burns on his stomach and face (as you can see in the picture.) Aaron was rushed to a nearby hospital ( Long Beach Memorial Hospital ) having an emergency surgery which then led him to, two more. He was later, transferred to UCI in Orange. He is currently recovering from four surgeries he’s had so far (with two more in the near future). He lost his left hand completely. This incident changed his life, way of living but not his spirits. Everyone knows him as a social butterfly ; always friendly to his teammates on the soccer team. He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs. He would always ride his bike with his neighbors and kids around the street. He also loved to play fortnite with his classmates during the summer break. Now with his new disability he’ll find it difficult to adjust to his day to day lifestyle. He suffers trauma as well as burns and injuries. He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up. So, I decided to start this fundraiser for those who would like to help Aaron. All the donations will go towards Aaron’s medical bills and living expenses. Your support and donations will be highly appreciated! Thank you for your time !
- Clarissa Smith
- Priscilla Cuellar-Rocha