Kaely’s mother contracted chicken pox during her 1st trimester of pregnancy so her baby was born with the Rubella virus, which causes severe birth defects such as blindness, deafness, mental retardation, heart problems and other learning disabilities. Approximately half of the children who are born with rubella-induced blindness also experience delayed psychomotor development, as is the situation with Kaely. She is non-verbal and unable to sit up or walk by herself at more than a year and a half old.
Local non-profit group Margarita Challenge funded her eye operation on February 27 in Guadalajara. Kaely must travel every two weeks for physical therapy at an extreme hardship for her father who works at a local bungalow and is the sole support of the family of six.
Donations for Kaely’s ongoing treatment and expenses may be dropped off at Mateja’s Bar & Grill on the beach in Rincón de Guayabitos.
February 26, 2014 Additions & Updates
Kaely is 20-months-old and was born blind. She is also developing very slowly. She can’t walk or talk and she is very small.
The Margarita Challenge and Matejas Bar & Grill have raised approximately $69,000 pesos. The Margarita Challenge paid $39,500 pesos for the operation, and I have been doing raffles trying to raise the rest, with Mateja’s paying for all the prizes. I promised to keep on helping her through the eyes.
Little Kaely will be going in for her operation on her eyes tomorrow. We pray that it will be a success and she will have her eyesight. This is the beginning of a long journey for this precious little soul. Thank you to all involved in making this happen. God bless!
– Mateja Mikunda, Mateja’s Bar & Grill
We from the Margarita Challenge are extremely happy to be able to participate with helping Kaely! As most you know, the Margarita Challenge has ended, and this project will probably be the last effort we are able to be part of!
Thanks to everyone who was ever a participant or a patron of this program. Ending our project with such a worthy cause is one of those special things that touches hearts. Thanks to the team of people that helped over the years, to the Co-Chair Esteban Valdivia and Doc Martin Nunez! I know it is unfair to single anyone out, so I won’t. There are just too many people that did so much! In closing, please raise a glass to Mr. Robert Howell who helped get us going with his and his son’s promotion at the Horseshoe Tourney.
– Jim & Bonnie Williams, Margarita Challenge
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