Fernando's Future

$3,600 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 47 months
My name is Liz. I'm a public high school ESOL teacher in Virginia. This past year, I made one of the most difficult, and rewarding, decisions of my life. I took guardianship of one of an amazing young man.

Becoming the single parent of a 17 year old has not been the easiest thing, but we have quickly become family. I'm his mom, and I wouldn't have it any other way. However, we have had an unexpected surprise. While investigating some of the first real medical care he's ever received, we found a rather large dental problem. An $18,000 dental problem. While in his country he had a few cavities, apparently the solution for any dental decay in his region is extraction. Six of his teeth were pulled, when they only needed fillings. We've worked closely with an amazing dental firm, and they have been extremely generous with us, but implants, especially so many, are extremely costly.

He's my child, and I am putting the expenses on credit cards and anything I can find space on. We're still working on legal fees and the like, but as most can probably imagine, my salary doesn't really compensate for this kind of surprise medical expense.

I want to do the best I can for Fernando, and will support him in every way possible. He's the best thing that has ever happened to me and my only regret is we did not find each other sooner in life. He's a wonderful, intelligent young man with infinite potential and as I said, I just want to do the best I can for him.

I don't have expectations of raising the whole cost. It's a huge amount of money and I fully expect that I will be working on paying it off for a long time to come, but I wanted a platform for anyone who might want to help to participate. Please, anything that you may be willing to give to help me support this amazing young man will be so deeply appreciated by our little family.

~Liz and Fernando


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Hi all! Happy Thanksgiving! We are extremely grateful this year for everyone's generosity with our medical expenses this year.

Looking for a last minute charitable donation for your tax deductions? We're still about $14,500 short of our goal.

That's 145 people donating $100, or 290 people donating $50, or 580 people donating $25, for a little perspective :-)

As promised, here's a photo with a nice big smile :-)
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Hi all!

As always Fernando and I are so grateful for your support of our little family. With his procedure over he has a big beautiful smile, and I'm hoping once school pictures come through I'll have a shining example to share with you all! We appreciate your support in bettering life and health for this amazing young man so much.

Unfortunately, we didn't make enough to clean off the 0% credit card in time, and I now have over $7,000 sitting on a 30% interest credit card, as that was all I had to pay. I know many of you have been beyond generous with us, and I am so appreciative of that. I also know that budgets are tight now with the holidays approaching. If anyone has a little to spare, as that 7,000 will grow much faster than I can pay it, I surely would appreciate it. If you have networks that might help or know of any organizations that might step in and can send us their way I would also be much obliged. In the meantime I'll keep plugging along...

Liz and Fernando
Fernando getting his name and hight put on the door from my Meitzler grandparents' house. That's as a part of the family as you can get!
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Hi Everybody!
Sorry it has been so quiet, the beginning of the school year is always a crazy time!
We ARE still fundraising! It is actually getting to be crunch time right now to collect the payment for the next phase of the surgery. Yesterday was the last appointment/procedure with the surgeon. Fernando's actual metal implants are in and doing wonderfully! Now it is time for the expensive stuff...
In three weeks we will have the impressions cast for the teeth, and then about three weeks after that everything will be completely finished. With the $3000 gained from this fundraiser I've been able to pay half of the surgery bills... but I need to pay the surgery off to make room for the rest of the procedure on the credit card... which will be another $12,000. Any help you all can give us would be so deeply appreciated. I need another $3000 in order to clear off the card in six weeks... so expect a lot of noise on here for a little while!
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Wow everyone! Thanks to your generosity, we've hit the $3,000 mark! We are so thankful that you all have helped us come this far. We still have a long way to go, so please keep spreading the word about our campaign!

Liz and Fernando
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$3,600 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 47 months
Created June 21, 2015
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JF
$40
Joanne Fuller
29 months ago

Good luck Liz, its a good thing you have done.

$60
Anonymous
40 months ago
MB
$10
Martha Burns
40 months ago
PO
$50
Pilar Orihuela
41 months ago
JY
$50
Jim and Diana Yeames
41 months ago

Merry Christmas!

NB
$50
Nathan Berry
41 months ago
JO
$25
J O'F
42 months ago
$100
Anonymous
42 months ago
$30
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44 months ago
$100
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44 months ago
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