Greetings and happy Friday Monday!

This week I was touched by a story sent to us from our distribution partners in Peru, Camino de Vida. The mother of a precious young child named Martin and our partners at CDV relate to us a story of survival, hope and love:

“The doctors told us that my baby would live only a week. That was 11 years ago,” says Martin’s mother, Rosario. Martin is a special boy. He is autistic and suffers from Down syndrome, convulsions and psychomotor impairment as well as having only one kidney. Every day is a miracle for Martin as he defies the odds set forth at his birth. One of his favorite activities is playing with his younger brother, Fabricio. Fabricio likes to play by being chased around the bed until Martin catches him.

Martin was given a wheelchair when he was 3 years old, but it was worn down, and the wheels constantly fell off. His mom could never leave him alone, and it was very hard for her to do her daily activities or prepare the slushies that she sells to people passing by her home. When Camino de Vida found out about Martin and his family, we knew we had to do something.

Through FWM, we were able to bring the family help through a new wheelchair, teaching them how to use the harness to keep Martin from falling and giving his mother a peace of mind: “I know that there are a lot of Martins in the world—and I thank you for helping us. Thank you for your help—we are so thankful. God bless you.”

For Martin, just being alive is a miracle—a blessing that truly is new every morning. Now, through the gift of a wheelchair, his loving mother can continue to take care of him, his brother can continue playing with him and the world can continue being brightened by his presence. Thank you for making this story possible.


Don Schoendorfer


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