Help Caden live his best life.

Hi my names Ryan Poposek, I’m from Sunbury in Victoria.
We’ve set up this go fund me account to help out a selfless loving family and my personal friends, Charlie and Karla Salazar, who unfortunately have been hit with some hard news.

Charlie and Karla recently welcomed their second son Caden into this world, his is absolutely beautiful, strong and already beams with character. 
Sadly in his first weeks of life he was diagnosed with Pearsons Syndrome. 

Pearson’s syndrome is a severe disorder that usually begins in infancy. It causes problems with the development of blood-forming (hematopoietic) cells in the bone marrow that have the potential to develop into different types of blood cells. For this reason, Pearson marrow-pancreas syndrome is considered a bone marrow failure disorder. Function of the pancreas and other organs can also be affected.

Some side effects of Pearsons are shortage of red blood cells (anemia), which can cause pale skin (pallor), weakness, and fatigue. Some affected also have low numbers of white blood cells (neutropenia) and platelets (thrombocytopenia). Neutropenia can lead to frequent infections; thrombocytopenia sometimes causes easy bruising and bleeding.

It can also cause reduced ability to absorb nutrients from the diet (malabsorption), and most affected infants have an inability to grow and gain weight at the expected rate (failure to thrive). Another common occurrence in people with this condition is buildup in the body of a chemical called lactic acid (lactic acidosis), which can be life-threatening. In addition, liver and kidney problems can develop in people with this condition.

Unfortunately about half of children with this severe disorder die in infancy or early childhood due to severe lactic acidosis or liver failure. Many of those who survive develop signs and symptoms later in life of a related disorder called Kearns-Sayre syndrome.

There is no cure for Pearson syndrome, and with less than 100 cases world wide and only 5 here in Australia, there is not enough to fund research. 

The goal for treatment is to decrease the seriousness of symptoms so the child can live as healthy and as long of a life as possible. Children affected by Pearson syndrome may require frequent blood transfusions to help supply the body with healthy red blood cells. Pancreatic enzyme replacement may also help to replace the missing enzymes needed to digest food, or insulin injections may be necessary to treat diabetes. It is important that children affected by Pearson syndrome avoid other people who are sick with viral or bacterial infections, as these children cannot fight off illnesses as well as other children can.

Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms presented by each person with Pearson syndrome but as you can see it could be a long and costly process. 

No child or family deserves to go through this, so in hope to make things a little easier we’re asking for any kind of donations to put towards ongoing treatment and medical expenses, fuel as Charlie and Karla are traveling to the Royal Children’s hospital every day, food or anything that can help.

Charlie and Karla are planning on donating a percentage of the funds to MITO awareness in hope to gain more knowledge and research into rare illnesses. 

We greatly appreciate your dontations,  I will be personally delivering  this money to my great friend at his home, where his family continue to struggle with little baby caden. Thank you again
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Ryan Poposek 
Wildwood VIC

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