Let's Help Edwin Walk!

$15,000 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 157 people in 10 months

My name is Sandra.  I would like to tell you about my son Edwin.  He has always been a smart child.  But he was extremely introverted with he was very young.  That all changed when he befriended one of his closest friends.  As a teenager, Edwin's shyness was replaced by confidence.  His circle of friends grew.  He loved to run, hike, rock climb, swim and especially exercise!  He soon developed a interest in natural body building.  At 18, he entered a competition and won first place!

Shortly after winning the body building competition, Edwin discovered 3 lumps in his right thigh.  My 18 year old son was diagnosed with Epithelial Sarcoma, which had spread to his lungs.  Staged at IV, he underwent surgery to remove most of his quad muscle and femur, and was given aggressive chemotherapy in conjunction with 35 rounds of radiation.  Within one year, he developed a staph infection.  In that time he underwent approximately 11 surgeries to "clean out" the infection and change the hardware which replaced most of his femur.

Today, at 24, Edwin is cancer free.  But after 3 additional surgeries, his right thigh needed to be amputated.  The skin there had been so damaged by radiation, it literally ripped open, exposing the bone cement and hardware beneath it.  The amputation was also the way to hopefully clear his staph infection.  The surgery Edwin underwent is called a "Rotation Plasty."  It involved removing his badly damaged and infected right thigh and replacing it with the lower part of his leg, rotated 180 degrees so that the ankle could serve as a knee.  His rotated lower leg was joined to a new titanium hip, made necessary by all the treatment protocols that left  his hip too brittle to support any appendage or weight.

Edwin was never able to finish college due to the cancer and all the surgeries he has had.  But througout his entire ordeal, he has remained courageous, brave and very patient.  He has never given up on his ambition to become either a doctor or lawyer.

Edwin's first prosthetic comes at the cost of $50,000, he will need quite a few of them in his lifetime.  His dad and I humbly ask for any donations that you can possibility make toward their purchase, so that will finally be able to walk and reclaim the total mobility that most of us take for granted.  Donations will also be used for medication not covered by insurance and towards his education to finally achieve his dream.  We cannot do this alone as parents, but with your love and support, it will be possible.  Let's help Edwin walk again, start him on his life journey and please keep him in your prayers!!

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Well this is what happened while Edwin was working on some exercises to help strenghthen his body. More surgery and PT to help this finger heal properly! This will take months....more updates to come!! Keep on sharing!! Thank you donors!
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Hello donors and sharers. Unfortunately Edwin broke his finger doing his exercises. This is a little set back, but although upset, he still moves on....slowly. Pacing himself is key in his recovery. A sprained left ankle from a fall isn't helping either. Another update will follow! It is time you all see what he has fought to overcome. Hope you are enjoying Independence Day!! ❤
Pins holding his finger together.
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A very special thank you to the Clarkstown Teachers' Association for a great evening and their very generous donation!
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Time to workout! Everyday Edwin works out to remain fit!! His leg also gets a workout! He created a way for it to "walk" by using the benches outside. This helps him use his new hip.
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Lucy Castro
10 months ago
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I remember the Thanksgiving we all shared at Crystal Springs. Shortly after that Isabel told us of Edwin's ails. We admire your courage and fortitude and will keep you in our prayers.

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Leni Catcat
10 months ago
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We love you Cha! Our Superman..keep that strength, drive & ambition for life! We are so proud of you, Titi Sandra, Tio & Esteban () !!

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Mike DeLucia
7 months ago

Keep on fighting Edwin!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

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Mayra Rivera
10 months ago

You are a very courageous young man may God protect you and help you . Even though I only saw you a few times it does not matter family is family and the love is there. Get well SUPERMAN all my love.

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Raised by 157 people in 10 months
Created April 13, 2017
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Cari Younger
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Leighann Zeller
7 months ago

It was great meeting up with you on July 4th. I really enjoyed our conversation and catching up on all of your accomplishments and goals. Keep in touch!

Lucy Castro
10 months ago
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I remember the Thanksgiving we all shared at Crystal Springs. Shortly after that Isabel told us of Edwin's ails. We admire your courage and fortitude and will keep you in our prayers.

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Leni Catcat
10 months ago
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We love you Cha! Our Superman..keep that strength, drive & ambition for life! We are so proud of you, Titi Sandra, Tio & Esteban () !!

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Mike DeLucia
7 months ago

Keep on fighting Edwin!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

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Mayra Rivera
10 months ago

You are a very courageous young man may God protect you and help you . Even though I only saw you a few times it does not matter family is family and the love is there. Get well SUPERMAN all my love.

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