Jorgito's Surgery for Brain Tumor

$3,090 of $15k goal

Raised by 47 people in 13 days
Leah McCurdy  FORT WORTH, TX
Help Jorgito, son of Jorge de Leon (“Lion”), get the surgery he needs.

I’m Leah and I am working with my friend Sylvia to raise funds to assist Jorgito, a boy in Belize with a brain tumor that requires immediate surgery in less than 2 weeks.


Jorgito is the son of our wonderful Belizean friend and colleague Jorge de Leon. Sylvia and I had the pleasure of meeting Jorge in 2014. Since then, he has been our most enthusiastic partner in community based heritage preservation in Belize. Jorge is a tour guide by profession and is known as "Lion" to the friends from all over the world he has made through tours.

Jorge is also one of the most accomplished Maya hieroglyphic hobbyists that we know! He sponsors and organizes hieroglyphic clubs in Belizean schools and he helps us in the annual Succotz Archaeology and Cultural Fairs. Jorge is also incredible kind-hearted and giving. For the last three years, he has organized a day of fun activities at a children's home in Belmopan on his own birthday. He wants to spend his birthday giving joy to kids who are less fortunate. Anyone who knows Jorge and his family will immediately tell you they are wonderful, positive people who are always ready to lend a hand. The de Leons are relying on their strong faith in God to get through this time.

On the 14th of December, Jorge and his family were looking forward to spending their first Christmas with little Melissa, the newest addition to the family when Jorgito, the eldest son, had a seizure. Two more seizures followed before a neurosurgeon in Guatemala City would confirm that this bright 12-year old boy has a brain tumor and needs immediate surgery.


It’s hard to think that in 4 days from the time I type these words, Jorge and his entire family will have been in this ordeal for a month. Through it all, Jorgito has remained positive and was only worried about having to cut off all his hair for the surgery.

The cost for Jorgito’s surgery has been estimated at a flat rate of 100,000 Guatemalan Quetzals ($13,272.28 USD). In addition to this, Jorgito and a family member will have to be in Guatemala City for 5 days prior to the surgery and for 3 months for post-surgery observation.  This would be an ordeal for anyone, but it is especially trying for the de Leon family who have a 3-month old baby. It is our hope to raise $15,000 USD to cover Jorgito’s surgery and his stay in pre- and post-op stay in Guatemala City.

All funds raised in this donation campaign will go directly to the de Leon family. We will cover the cost of transferring the funds to Belize. Please contact us through this website if you have any questions.


Please share this campaign as widely as possible and send your best wishes and prayers for Jorgito and the de Leons.

+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 1.2K shares on Facebook
Update 2
Posted by Leah McCurdy
7 days ago
Thank to you all donors! This will help Jorgito and the de Leon's so much! Please continue to spread the word and send good thoughts to Jorgito!
Lion teaching about hieroglyphs
+ Read More
Update 1
Posted by Leah McCurdy
12 days ago
WOW! It's been less than 24 hours and we already raised $1700 for the de Leons!! Thank you to everyone! PLEASE KEEP SHARING and spread the word!!
Jorge, Leah, Sylvia, and Becca
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 1.2K shares on Facebook
Read a Previous Update
Jorge de Leon
7 days ago
1
1

I want to thank God for the lifes of Leah and Sylvia for putting this together. I also want to bless everyone who has been praying for the wellbeing of my son Jorgito , Thanks for your donations and prayers. Gracias por sus oraciones y sus donaciones. Mi familia les agradece. Yo bendigo sus vidas y declaro una bendicion sobrenatural sobre todo sembrador. Gracias, mill gracias!!!

+ Read More
Rosangela De León
12 days ago

Thank you everyone!

+ Read More
Mayan Pride
12 days ago

Merida has a neurosurgery clinic specialized in Brain surgery. Contact Dr. Raul Cardenas a US trained Neurosurgeon.

+ Read More
Andre Joel Cervantes
12 days ago

Why didn't the family consider getting surgery in Belize. A very straightforward procedure. It is time to change the perception that these surgeries are not offered in Belize.

+ Read More

$3,090 of $15k goal

Raised by 47 people in 13 days
Created January 9, 2017
$50
Wayne Hall
3 days ago
1
1

Very best wishes.

AP
$50
Acela Paliotta
3 days ago
1
1

My prayers are with Jorgito & his family. Acela

CH
$50
Christine Hom
3 days ago
1
1
LH
$50
Louise Hardy
4 days ago
$50
Timothy Raub
4 days ago

May God provide wisdom to the medical team and successful surgery and recovery for this little boy!

$100
Anonymous
6 days ago
$30
Maria Lara
6 days ago
EM
$100
Eric Mosher
8 days ago
LM
$100
Lee & John Mosher
8 days ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Stay strong. You will prevail!!!

KM
$25
Kurt Mark McField
8 days ago

none

Jorge de Leon
7 days ago
1
1

I want to thank God for the lifes of Leah and Sylvia for putting this together. I also want to bless everyone who has been praying for the wellbeing of my son Jorgito , Thanks for your donations and prayers. Gracias por sus oraciones y sus donaciones. Mi familia les agradece. Yo bendigo sus vidas y declaro una bendicion sobrenatural sobre todo sembrador. Gracias, mill gracias!!!

+ Read More
Rosangela De León
12 days ago

Thank you everyone!

+ Read More
Mayan Pride
12 days ago

Merida has a neurosurgery clinic specialized in Brain surgery. Contact Dr. Raul Cardenas a US trained Neurosurgeon.

+ Read More
Andre Joel Cervantes
12 days ago

Why didn't the family consider getting surgery in Belize. A very straightforward procedure. It is time to change the perception that these surgeries are not offered in Belize.

+ Read More
Use My Facebook Account
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
Donate Now