Leukemia costs for Leonel & Gisela

$8,397 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 9 months
Created October 8, 2018
33586342_1539064171893711_r.jpegLeonel has been fighting leukemia with all his heart for more than 2 years. He is the most dedicated patient - with grace and humor enduring endless treatments, procedures, medications and transplants and now his condition has worsened and he is fighting for his life.

UPDATE: Dear friends, Leonel died peacefully on October 9th (his birthday) accompanied by Gisela who lovingly took care of him till the last moment. Gisela is positive that Leonel felt the strong support of this community as she has too. As soon as plans are made to bid him farewell, they will be posted here. Thank you for your continued support.

Please consider donating to Gisela. In addition to caring for Leonel full time, Gisela is a great and kind human being who strives to change our world to make it better and more compassionate, especially for children. She has worked with young people for her whole life. I remember her telling me a story of her taking in a young boy who lived on the streets of Buenos Aires and after serving him spaghetti he told her he didn’t really like pasta.  She smiled and found out what he liked to eat. :)
She was a magical storyteller for children to save money and then worked her way through college, receiving a degree in psychology. Gisela taught a compassionate way of relating to babies called RIE. She worked as a parenting teacher at a center that teaches non-violent communication to families. Now with her Masters degree Gisela works with our most vulnerable population of women and children who are suffering greatly.

A small donation from many people would be a huge show of support and love for this amazing giver of care and love to Leonel. I know it will lift her during this extremely stressful and challenging time.  Everything is appreciated so very deeply.

Update: Queridos amigos, Leonel falleció anoche con mucha tranquilidad acompañando por su amor, Gisela, que lo cuidó hasta el último momento. Gisela está segura que él sabía cuánto lo querían y apoyaban todos y ella también ha sentido el apoyo muy fuerte de esta comunidad. Cuando se hagan planes para despedirlo lo vamos a postear aquí. Gracias por continuar apoyándolos.

Leonel ha estado luchando con todas sus fuerzas contra la Leucemia por más de dos años. Ha sido un paciente dedicado, con un sentido del humor y un carisma inquebrantable a pesar de los constantes tratamientos y procedimientos médicos, de las numerosas medicinas que debe tomar cada día y del trasplante de médula que le hicieron. Desafortunadamente su salud ha empeorado al punto que ahora lucha por su vida.

Por su parte Gisela, esposa de Leonel y el amor de su vida, se ha dedicado en cuerpo y alma a cuidarlo y ser el soporte económico de la familia. Gisela es una persona excepcional, bondadosa y en busca de hacer este mundo mejor, especialmente para los niños. Ha trabajado con jóvenes y niños toda su vida. La recuerdo contándome una historia de cuando vivía en Buenos Aires, encontró un niño viviendo en la calle y decidió llevarle un delicioso espagueti para que comiera, el niño le dijo que no le gustaba la pasta. Gisela sonrió y averiguó que era lo que realmente le gustaba comer y se lo llevó.

Gisela trabajó durante su juventud como cuenta cuentos para niños, para ahorrar algo de dinero. Tiempo después fue a la Universidad para obtener un grado en psicología. En sus inicios, Gisela enseñó a padres y maestros el Método RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) una metodología diseñada para la crianza de niños independientes y seguros de si mismos. Más tarde trabajó como profesora en un centro que promueve la comunicación no violenta entre las familias. Ahora, con una Maestría, Gisela trabaja principalmente con mujeres y niños en situación de vulnerabilidad y violencia doméstica.

Sin embargo, debido a la enfermedad de Leo, Gisela ha tenido que disminuir su actividad laboral, mermando sus ingresos y ahorros. Una pequeña donación de muchas personas será de considerable ayuda y una muestra de invaluable apoyo y amor a esta increíble pareja. Este soporte permitirá a Gisela levantarse un poco de este extremadamente estresante y desafiante periodo. Cualquier cantidad será profundamente agradecida.


Marilu Cuevas Fernandez y Kerry Horton Bennassar
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Raised by 83 people in 9 months
Created October 8, 2018
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