Eli's Journey of Hope

Hello, my name is James. I am setting up this fundraiser for a child of a close friend of mine.
The Aristizabal Valderamma family consists of Mauricio and Maria (Parents), and children Gregorio and Elias. This family lives in Altona and moved to Canada from Colombia 4 years ago in search of a better life for themselves and their children. One of their main reasons for moving was to get better support for their son Eli. Elias is a vibrant 9 year old boy that has been diagnosed with Autism. His condition makes it hard for him to communicate with others, which can become extremely frustrating for him. As Eli gets older his increased size and strength are causing him to run into barriers at home, school and with himself.
Over the past years his parents have been trying to find a way to help him through this. The options for him are limited, however they have found a process at the Neuromed Clinic in Edmonton that has a promising solution. The process is called MeRT (Magnetic Resonance Therapy), which is a non invasive, painless and drug free treatment to stimulate specific areas of the brain.
This therapy is not covered under any government programs so there is a large fee to get it done. The treatment is also fairly lengthy. Eli will stay in Edmonton for a total of 6 to 7 weeks to complete the process. Obviously the parents will need to be there with him through this so they will have some expenses themselves.
I am looking for support for the family to get though this entire process. Both parents work full time and will have to take time off work to support him. Any donation would be greatly appreciated from this wonderful family.

Donations (72)

  • Alejandra Gomez
    • $50 
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  • Luciana Valderrama
    • $13 
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  • Dongsoon Kim
    • $100 
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  • Leona Nickel
    • $50 
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  • Theodore R Dyck
    • $200 
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James Friesen
Altona, MB

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