Medical care and support for Ivan and Irwin Chen

My Cousin Vivian is one of the strongest people I have ever met. Her endurance, resilience, and faith have always been inspirational to me. She has faced the ugliness of betrayal, endured verbal and physical abuse, and overcome many obstacles as a single parent. Yet, she has never lost faith or love for her family.  

Vivian was so happy with her nuclear family; she felt complete with a husband and two healthy sons. Things took a dark turn when her now ex-husband became verbally and physically abusive. The divorce was ugly, and he left them all without financial support. Vivian became the sole supporter for Ivan and Irwin. She struggled for many years, but looking at her sons’ faces, filled her heart with love and happiness. They have been her life. 

On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Vivian’s only sons, Ivan (23) and Irwin (17), were involved in a car accident where they sustained critical head injuries. When I heard this tragic news, my heart sunk.  I was trembling and out of breath. Having two sons of my own, my heart ached for the boys - and for Vivian. How can one cope with the trauma of this magnitude? Ivan and Irwin are currently in the ICU at the Pomona Valley Medical Center, where they both are still in a coma. This has been an extremely trying time for Vivian, but to her credit, her daily focus has been on being strong and ever-present for her sons. 

Ivan and Irwin are Vivian’s whole world and they have such promising futures. Ivan graduated last year from Cal Poly Pomona and was ready to take on the real world. He is wise beyond his years and has so much optimism about life. His friends love his empathy, generosity, compassion and how he makes those around him feel special. Irwin is a senior at Diamond Bar HS – excited about graduation and dreaming about where he would go to college. He is such a fun-loving, caring and determined kid – especially when he’s on the soccer field! He loves to make people laugh and his own laugh is so infectious. He is such a good and generous friend – he’s always been there to defend and help those in need. 

As we all know, medical expenses in the United States can be extremely costly. The majority of the cost of Irwin and Ivan’s treatment not covered by insurance will fall heavily on Vivian’s shoulders. This fundraiser has been established to help ease the burden on her so the family can focus on healing. All funds raised will go directly to Ivan and Irwin’s medical-related expenses. 

Please feel free to share this fundraising effort with your families and friends even if they personally don’t know them. Any donation that you are able to make will greatly bless this family. Not only will this help Irwin and Ivan get the best medical care, but it will also help this family feel the love and support from people around the world. While we understand that some may be going through financial difficulties as well, your assistance in the form of daily prayers will be more than welcome and strongly encouraged. 

On behalf of Vivian, Ivan, and Irwin, we appreciate the outpouring of love, prayers and support over the past days and undoubtedly, in the months to come.


Thank you,
Emily (Cousin)


我的表姐Vivian是我認識最堅強的人之一。她的毅力,韌性和信心,對我很有啟發。她曾面臨背叛的醜陋,遭受口頭和身體虐待,並克服了單身父母的許多障礙。然而,她從未失去信心。

她對自己的核心家庭非常滿意;她覺得自己有了一個丈夫和兩個健康的兒子。當她受到前夫在言語和身體上的辱罵時,事情發生了黑暗的轉變。離婚是醜陋的,他沒有提供任何經濟支持就離​​開了Vivian 和孩子們。此時Vivian 成為了Ivan和Irwin的唯一供應者。她掙扎了很多年,但是看著二個兒子Ivan 和Irwin, 她的內心充滿了幸福。他們是她的生命。

2020年1月19日星期日,Vivian的兒子Ivan(23歲)和 Irwin (17歲)發生車禍,頭部嚴重受傷。當我聽到這個悲慘的消息時,我的心沉沒了,我在發抖,喘不過氣來。我有自己的兩個兒子,我的心為男孩和Vivian感到痛心。一個人如何應對如此大的創傷?Ivan 和 Irwin 目前在波莫納谷醫療中心(Pomona Valley Medical Center)的重症監護病房(ICU)中,他們仍處於昏迷狀態。對於Vivian來說,這是一個非常艱難的時刻,她目前生活的重心是陪伴兒子和專注於兒子們的傷後治癒和恢復。

Ivan 和 Irwin 是 Vivian 的整個世界,他們的前途如此光明。 Ivan去年從Cal Poly Pomona畢業,並準備好面對現實世界。他的智慧超越了他的歲月,並對生活充滿了樂觀。他的朋友們喜歡他的同情心,慷慨大方,以及他如何使周圍的人感到與眾不同。歐文(Irwin)是Diamond Bar HS12年級的學生-對畢業以及上大學的路途感到興奮。他是一個愛好娛樂,充滿愛心和果斷的孩子,尤其是在足球場上!他喜歡讓人發笑,而他自己的笑是如此具有感染力。他是一位如此慷慨的好朋友–他將永遠在那裡捍衛和幫助需要幫助的人。

眾所周知,由於Vivian是家中唯一的經濟來源,,因此醫療費用可能非常昂貴,艾文(Irwin)和伊万(Ivan)治療的大部分費用(未包括在保險範圍內)將由Vivian承擔。建立該籌款活動的目的是幫助減輕她和男孩的負擔,使他們可以專注於康復。所有籌集的資金將直接用於支付Ivan和Irwin的醫療相關費用。

即使您的家人和朋友不認識他們,也請隨時與他們分享這項籌款活動。您能夠做出的任何捐贈都會極大地祝福這個家庭。這不僅可以幫助Irwin和Ivan獲得最好的醫療,還可以幫助這個家庭感受到世界各地人們的愛與支持。儘管我們知道有些人可能也會遇到經濟困難,但我們非常歡迎並強烈鼓勵您以日常祈禱的形式提供幫助。

謝謝,
Emily(表妹)

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Emily Hayes 
Organizer
Diamond Bar, CA
Vivian Chang 
Beneficiary
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