Support for Erwin!

          The Rivas family in Antigua Guatemala need our support!

We have known Erwin and his wife, Candy, for several years.  They have been avid tour guides for us and many of our family and friends who
have visited us in Guatemala.  They have worked very hard to build
their new business and now, sadly, they have depleted all of their
savings while struggling to provide the medical care and attention for
their son.

                  These two photos were taken before Dilan became ill.

Their 8 year old son, Dilan, was recently diagnosed with polymyositis. 
It is a very uncommon inflammatory disease that causes muscle weakness  primarily in the hips, thighs, shoulders, upper arms and neck.  The
weakness affects both sides of the body and tends to gradually worsen.

While there is no cure for polymyositis, treatment - ranging from
steroidal medications for pain to physical therapy - can improve muscle strength and function.
Dilan is essentially confined to bed and can be lifted to a wheelchair
only for short periods of time. 

We want to help this wonderful family by raising funds to help offset
more than $8,000 that they have already incurred in medical costs.  In
addition we want Dilan to have an electric wheelchair to make it easier for him and his family to have some mobility.  Monies for good physical therapy would also be appreciated.

Dilan is a very bright little boy who still wants to be able to do his
school work so we are also hoping to obtain a good computer for him.

Please make a donation today!  All of the funds received in our
Canadian bank account will be wired to Erwin's Guatemalan bank
account .

We know how caring and responsible these people are we want to
provide some well deserved support.

Many thanks!

Sue & Derry Ironside

  • Tony Lucca 
    • $75 
    • 25 mos
  • Robin Wallace 
    • $25 
    • 25 mos
  • Sharon Redfield 
    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • Kim Boggs 
    • $20 
    • 25 mos
  • Eric Davis 
    • $20 
    • 25 mos
See all


Sue Ironside 
Thornbury, ON
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