Action for Arnol

$4,804 of $6,449 goal

Raised by 30 people in 4 months
Created March 29, 2019
Mayor Potencial
My name is Nancy Bell, founder of the volunteer run nonprofit organization Mayor Potencial  that works to serve those in need in Honduras. 

I am writing because our dear friend Arnol Isaac Hernandez Valle passed away Sunday May 12th in Peru surrounded by his mother, neighbors and friends after he traveled from rural El Rodeito, Honduras to Tarapoto, Peru to receive treatment for cancer back in March 1st. Now Amelia (his mother) needs help covering the cost of getting him back to Honduras, in addition to covering the cost of his treatments. 

Arnol and his mother wished to stay in Peru for two months of treatment with the hope that the cancer would stop spreading to his brain. Arnol’s cancer treatments cost $165 per visit, and $1,155 per month. We were fundraising to cover the cost of their stay in Peru, but we now need to cover the costs associated with bringing Arnol home.

To be transparent about how we arrived at the $6,449 donation goal, we have detailed all donations and expenses that went into Arnol and Amelia's trip to Peru in the following google sheet:

To help manage expenses, we have managed to negotiate a delayed payment to those who provided treatment for Arnol. We are fundraising to meet the payment obligations.


At age 18, Arnol was diagnosed with a rare cancer, fusiform cell sarcoma, for the second time on November 20, 2018. The first time he was diagnosed, Arnol was 14 years old. After suffering from severe headaches, Arnol was rushed to a hospital in Tegucigalpa after a long five-hour bus ride from rural El Rodeito. At the hospital, it was discovered that Arnol had a cyst in his head. To prevent the spread of the cancer, he was provided chemo and radiation therapy and later underwent surgery to remove part of the tumor. Arnol lost function in one eye as a result of the surgery. 

Arnol’s cancer went into remission and he was doing well. He gained weight, built a chicken coop with the help of a sponsor, and started a small chicken business to help support his family. He dreamed of going back to school, once a high school was built in his beloved home town.

After the recent second diagnosis, Arnol’s doctors did not offer him any treatment. Instead, they gave him a prescription for pain medication and sent him home. Currently, the cancer has spread from his head into his nose, ear, and brain. 

Although he was unable to receive treatment in Honduras, Arnol and his family had not given up hope! With sponsorship from anonymous donors, he traveled with his mother and one of Mayor Potencial’s volunteers to Peru, where he obtained ozone and vitamin C treatments at the clinic in Tarapoto. His family hoped this would at least stop the advance of the cancer in his brain.

Arnol’s treatment cost approximately $1200/month, and his holistic care provider that was working with him cost an additional $1500/month. For Arnol and his mother, the stay in Peru cost them $680/month (Rent cost $150, food $300, transportation $200, and internet/phone cost $30). 

Sadly, Arnol’s cancer was terminal and continued to grow. Volunteers at Mayor Potencial continuously applied to other hospitals to find conventional treatment for his rapidly progressing cancer. Due to the size of the tumor, no one wanted to take a chance on Arnol. 

Photo taken during the medical brigade in Feb. 2019. Mayor Potencial and Cape Cares partnered together for this medical brigade and they stopped by to see Arnol and provide some medications such a nasal spray for congestion.

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You can also mail checks or send payment via paypal selecting the friends option at mayorpotencial@cornell.edu on the comments please write for Arnol.  We also accept venmo@mayorpotencial

To mail checks please make the check payable to Mayor Potencial and in the memo line write Arnol and mail to:
Mayor Potencial
Attn Nancy Bell
P.O. BOX 102
Marathon NY 13803

Thank you for your support!

For further information on our volunteer run organization please visit our website: https://www.mayorpotencial.org/

~~~~~~~~~Past Updates

Feb. 22, 2019

Thanks to our donors, our friend Arnol was able to afford to complete MRI scans to fully analyze his condition. The MRI scans were a requirement for the hospital applications we were completing. 

March 12, 2019

Arnol has begun his vitamin C and ozone therapy to treat his illness. He also receives acupuncture and medicinal herbs for the pain. Arnol reports to feel much better after receiving the treatments. 

March 18, 2019

Though the vitamin C and ozone treatments are helping Arnol regain his strength, he can no longer breathe through his nose due to the growing tumor. He has also been fighting an infection in his nasal passages and he has lost his appetite. The lack of appetite has impacted his health as he struggles to swallow solids. 

March 21, 2019

Arnol celebrated his belated 19th birthday. This small birthday celebration brought a lot of joy to Arnol. Unfortunately, Mayor Potencial’s volunteer had to return back to Honduras, so now only Amelia and Arnol are in Peru.

March 28, 2019

Thanks to our donors we were able to get Arnol a juicer. With the juicer he is able to get the nutrients he needs from fruits and vegetables. He is still struggling to swallow and doesn’t have an appetite but Amelia is helping him eat and keeping him motivated.

April 4th, 2019

Arnol’s pain has increased. His headaches have become unbearable. His eye inflammation has expanded. His eye tears up alot and he is not able to close it when sleeping anymore. He continues to eat but his appetite is completely gone. The juicer seems to help. Due to the loss of appetite he lost a lot of weight, and is not able to walk without support.  He says he feels better right after the vitamin C and ozone treatments. 

April 5, 2019

We continue to apply to hospitals but given Arnol’s condition we have been unable to find a hospital willing to take him on. The MP team in honduras is looking for any clinic that could provide similar holistic treatment.  If Arnol and his mother return to Honduras, it will be very difficult to find treatment, but staying in Peru is difficult. Arnol is trying to stay positive as he and his mother decide on what to do next.
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It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that Arnol passed away Sunday, May 12th 2019, at 7:40 am. Arnol lost his battle against brain cancer after a long and arduous fight. Amelia thanks everyone for their support. We will share a video recorded last week from Amelia and Arnol sharing their love and gratitude towards each one of you that supported him throughout this battle, as soon as we are able to translate the video with English sub-titles.

Arnol’s Last Week:
May was a difficult time for Arnol as he kept debating whether or not to come back to Honduras. On Thursday Arnol felt his time was coming to an end, and he wanted to start the preparations to come back to his beloved hometown of El Rodeito, Honduras. We started the process and found out that he needed a doctor’s note saying he could survive the trip given his state. At this point, Arnol was not walking, eating or even able to sit for too long. Arnol normally took his food in liquid state but this last week he was struggling to swallow more than usual. He was no longer able to speak. We arranged for a doctor to come in and visit him on Friday. The doctor couldn't write the note approving his travel. He felt he was too weak. He then asked that we run some tests and had him hospitalized. Arnol was taken to the nearest hospital and after testing and visits with several doctors, they all agree that he was far too weak to travel and couldn't withstand such a long trip. They also said that he was in his last days and it was best to be in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his loved ones. On Saturday, Arnol was dismissed and taken back to the place he called his home for the last three months. There, Amelia comforted him, had a priest come in and prayed with him. Arnol was surrounded by his mom, his friends and people that cared for him. Sunday afternoon they held a service for Arnol with the neighbors, priests, and the people that treated him for the last few months in Peru.

Arnol was very strong and resilient. He never lost hope. He was always talking about God and found peace in readings from the Bible. Now Amelia must face this difficult time in a foreign country and try to make her way back to Honduras with Arnol in a casket. We must be strong for Amelia. I ask that you please pray for Arnol and for Amelia and her family in this time of need.

What’s next?
Now we must fundraise enough to bring Arnol and Amelia back home. Here are the estimated expenses in US dollars:
$1,000 --- casket, death certificate, embalming, and other permits to leave Peru.
$2,000 ----- Arnol’s airfare fees from Toropoto to Lima Peru, then Lima to Panama, and finally Panama to Tegucigalpa Honduras
$3,000 -----Airfare for Amelia and for Mishell. Mishell is a friend who helped Amelia care for Arnol during their time in Peru. At this moment ( we are not sure), Amelia is not in the right state of mind to travel alone and is asking for someone to accompany her.
$300-- Mishell needs a passport and it has to be expedited. It will only take a couple hours to get it.

Any amount will help us bring Arnol home to be buried in his hometown. Please give what you can and help us share this and keep Arnol and his family in your prayers. Please know that Amelia is very thankful for your support and was able to spend more time with Arnol due to the treatments he received. Arnol is survived by his mother Amelia, his father Romelio and his sister Anna.

Thank you for bringing him hope and showing him the kindness of strangers.

God bless you,
Nancy Bell
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This is Amelia, Arnol’s mom. She stands by his side as he completes several more major ozone therapy treatments. These are much stronger treatments than normal for Arnol. The ozone is seen here in the bag with the blood. It is done this way when it’s a major therapy.
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Ozone and Vit. C treatments.
Now in Peru, Arnol is receiving holistic care which consists of Vitamin C treatments and Ozone treatments. He also receives acupuncture and medicinal herbs for the pain. Arnol reports to feel much better right after receiving the treatments. He feels a rush of energy and the acupuncture helps him relax and reduces his pain. In Honduras Arnol was taking Morphine, but once he arrived in Peru, he stopped using them so his body could detox from the chemicals. Consequently, Arnol is now in extreme pain.
Thanks to our donors Arnol was able to purchase a hammock. This is something small but it has brought a lot of joy into his life, and it reminds him of his beloved hometown of El Rodeito. Additionally, all medical records for Arnol had to be translated to English to be reviewed by hospitals outside of Honduras. Thanks to our amazing donors we were able to do that and we can continue our work for Arnol. Thank you for your continued support!!
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Arnols MRI
Arnol had to be sedated in order to get these MRI scans completed. He struggled to breath while laying down, and was unable to stay still long enough to get the scan. Due to this, his MRI scan was rescheduled for another day in which sedation was used. The MRI’s scans were a requirement for the hospital applications we were completing. Thanks to our donors we were able to pay for these exams for Arnol.
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Raised by 30 people in 4 months
Created March 29, 2019
Mayor Potencial
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