Medical Fund for Daniel Varela

A brief life history about Daniel Varela Avitia
Daniel was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). He is legally blind but not completely, he can still see some shapes, shadows, and figures. Daniel and his parents first moved to Estes Park when he was just 5 years old they had left Chihuahua Mexico to give Daniel a better life and to seek healthcare for Daniel’s eyesight. He went to school here in Estes Park to unable to speak or understand English. Spanish was his primary language along with his parents. His parents had always worked very hard. Daniel had challenges and obstacles growing up but nothing has ever stopped him even after being stuck in the river and had to be rescued or had an accident while driving an ATV. Throughout his school years he was scared at first because of language barriers and slowly he learned to speak English and that has helped him. He had gone to Eagle Rock, School for the deaf and blind in Colorado Springs, and then graduated high school early from Loveland High. At the same time Daniel has worked in restaurants as a host, dishwasher, and prep. Shortly after High School, Daniel had the help from Lyons Club and Gail Frey of Longmont to help him get his seeing eye dog Wrigley. They became best friends immediately and after a month of training Wrigley has come home with Daniel. After high school Daniel has decided that he wanted a career but not another 2-4 years of school, so he looked into fast track classes and found his calling as a Massage Therapist at Healing Arts in Fort Collins. He grew up as an only child and in 2011 he has gain a little Sister Danaly. After he had earned his Certification of Massage Therapist he looked for jobs and no luck, so he again didn’t give up and decided to write up a business plan and put it into motion and open his own Massage Business in 2013 at the Old Churchshop downtown Estes Park. Later in 2013 he had found his soulmate Maria Yazzie and shortly after they got together. Maria has permanently moved from Az to Estes Park CO in October 2013. Maria and Daniel and Wrigley along with his parents and sister have gone through so many challenges and obstacles and they have never given up. On May 2017 Daniel was home alone with Wrigley while everyone was working, he had a medical scare that he thought he was a having a stroke. Then he was taken to EPH and from there sent him to MCR to see what was happening. All his testing had come back negative and the Drs couldn’t explain what he has suffered. Daniel had completely lost movement on his left side of the body. Speech, hearing, eyesight (what was left of it), strength and wasn’t able to walk. But he still didn’t give up at all. Going to get off track for a while: later that year in 2017 Daniel and Maria decided to get married but had to put it on hold due to Daniel medical scare. They had decided to have a wedding this year in Oct. but again they have once again are going to put it off for a while longer. After being released from MCR Daniel continued to be weak, but he had slowly regained strength back with the help of his fiancée Maria and parents. In November 2017, Daniel began to feel sick and again after numerous Dr and ER visits he was told that he was fine. In January 2018 he couldn’t hear out of his left ear and had made an appointment with Dr Luchsinger of EPH and she notice that his left ear was completely covered with blisters and sent him to MCR to get treated and was diagnosed with Ramsey Hunt Disease (shingles). So the shingles was developing on the inside of his ear and affecting his left side of his body. It was attacking his nerves from the inside. To make the long story short Daniel worked closely with Dr Luchsinger and number of other speciality Drs from Infectious Disease, Rheumatologist,Neurologists,Ophthalmologist, ENT and etc. During this difficult time Maria Daniel’s fiancée had to get a second job just to try to keep up with some of the bills (personal and medical). But Daniel still does work at his Massage office but not liKe he use to before his illness. He’ll do a couple massages here and there just to help stay a float. Since Daniel was unable to help provide for the both of them. Daniel’s immune system is unable to fight off any infections, virus, or bacteria. So Dr Luchsinger has decided to send Daniel to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to see if they can figure out what is causing all of Daniel’s medical condition to get worse. At this time they are just waiting to get the call to get the appointment setup. But as they did their research it could takes weeks or months before Daniel can be seen at Mayo. That is where Maria (Daniel’s Fiancée) is asking for help with any kind of donations. They would like to get something started and saved for when they have to travel to Minnesota. Anything helps, they have to travel to Minnesota for who knows how long. Maria will have to take time off from both jobs. Any donations will be used towards the travel, and medical bills or deposit that is needed once they get to Mayo. If there is any donations left it will be used towards Daniel’s future medical treatment and Dr visits. Daniel, Maria, his parents and little sister would thank you in advance for any contributions they received.
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Organizer

Maria Meya 
Organizer
Estes Park, CO
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