Carmela Heart Surgery #KeepBeating

$5,283 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 43 months
Kirk Wong
for Photogenx
 HI‎ 96740


Carmela is a vivacious and joyful 3 year old living with a 14mm (1.4cm) hole in her heart. Orphaned as a baby, she is currently living with the world’s most loving foster parents, Joy and Haige. She needs surgery soon, before her lungs begin to weaken. My team and I have been working continually with Carmela and her foster parents- going to the hospital, holding her hand during tests, and we couldn’t be more honored to witness a story so full of courage and sacrificial love. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any donation received!


After you donate, take a selfie with the words “KEEP BEATING” to post on FB with #keepbeating in the description. Thank you for your help!


We are a documentary team based out of Kona, Hawaii. Currently in the production phase of our movie Eloy , we are following the lives of 3 modern day orphans from different parts of the world, and seeking solutions to get children into families. Carmela is one of our main stories, and she has absolutely stolen our hearts- and now we want to help hers!

(Eloy Project and this campaign are initiatives from PhotogenX, a 501c3 justice & media non-profit based out of Hawaii, all profits go to Carmela's Heart Surgery)
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Update 4
Posted by Kirk Wong
28 months ago
7 year old Sam Ley from England saw Carmela in the Lost Kites documentary ( as well as the other short fundraiser that we created on this page. Wanting to make a difference and help Carmela's family pay off her medical fees he organised a yard sale! Join along with Sam's effort by donating here. (enjoy the video!)
'Sam Ley's Yard Sale'
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Update 3
Posted by Kirk Wong
36 months ago
Hello everyone! We have a new update on Carmela: she is recovering beautifully- thank you so much for your prayers. Her foster parents Joy and Haitao are still trying to cover her $70,000 medical bill so any donation is a wonderful help. They send their many thanks and gratitude for every dollar given.
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Update 2
Posted by Kirk Wong
42 months ago
If you have been following the #KeepBeating campaign on Facebook you will have seen the great news...
Carmela has had her surgery, recovered well and is now out of the hospital!

Her situation was so serious the family had to take out financial loans to get the operation done immediately. Because of this they still drastically need your help to pay off the rest of the $100,000 dollars! See what you can do to help this incredible loving family.
Carmela in hospital right after surgery
Joy and Haige in hospital with Carmela.
Carmela reaching out.
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Update 1
Posted by Kirk Wong
43 months ago
Megan and Casey have arrived in Bangkok, Thailand with Carmela and family. In a dramatic turn of events Carmela's surgery will be taking place TODAY! It was critical to get Carmela the procedure as soon as possible so the family has taken out a sizeable loan to begin the surgery.

Please be praying that this complicated heart surgery goes perfectly and Carmela's recovery is complication free. Your donation will help them overcome this sizeable financial hurdle.
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$5,283 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 43 months
Created June 22, 2015
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Kailua Kona, HI
EIN: 260635449
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Casey Walker
15 months ago
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Jacquie Dick
27 months ago
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Samuel Ley
27 months ago

People are still giving money for my Yard Sale. I am so happy that this will help you more! Lots of love from Sam xxx

29 months ago
Samuel Ley
29 months ago

I have raised this money for you from my Yard Sale. Lots of love from Sam xxx

nieszka Polerowicz
30 months ago
Whitney Evans
30 months ago (Monthly Donation)
Vienna Wong
31 months ago
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