We would like to introduce you to the Contreras family
Parents: Robert & Sandra
Children: Sofia & Andrew
In 2013, Sofia began having continuous fevers, swelling of her joints, leg pains, night sweats, stomach pain and dizziness. She was diagnosed with Epstein- Barr virus. Yet after she began treatment for this virus, her symptoms were severe and the medication did not work. They traveled all over California and Mexico seeking answers. The symptoms progressed. While in Mexico, they found a doctor who was only able to help manage some of her symptoms but not pinpoint a diagnosis. She was referred to yet another pediatrician. This new pediatrician was determined to find a diagnosis. Sofia had additional testing to confirm, she has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease. This disease has no cure; she will continue to have these symptoms for the rest of her life. The disease currently attacks her muscles; she has severe chronic fatigue, muscle pain, GI dysmotility and cyclic vomiting syndrome. The disease attacks the mitochondria in all cells, which does not allow the body to produce enough energy. Unfortunately, the family’s medical insurance does not cover the brand-name medication, and at this time, there is no generic medication available. Additionally, Sofia’s visits to the specialist are out of network and her parents have both worked two jobs to pay for her treatments.
While working his second job, Robert fell and was severely injured. He is currently on disability, not able to work. The family has exhausted all of their resources and need help to continue treatment and purchase medication for Sofia. This family needs our help.
Please give what you can, every dollar helps.
- Stephanie Hernandez
- Barbara Good
Organizer and beneficiary
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