Austin Season for Caring Families Need Help With Medical Bills Plus
Natalia Castillo spent frost week in February at her home in Kyle, terrified that her house would lose power and her daughter’s fan would stop working. Castillo’s daughter, Mariana, was born in 2019 with a rare genetic neuromuscular disease and often needs a ventilator to breathe.
âThe fan only lasts six hours without power,â Castillo said. âI didn’t sleep the first three nights of the frost because I was like, ‘I only have six hours to think about this. … I think this has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life.
The Castillo family is part of the Statesman’s Season for Caring program, which helps hundreds of families each year through local nonprofit agencies. The Castillo family has been nominated by Any Baby Can, which helps families with children with special needs.
Since this year’s program began on November 28, donors have contributed $ 96,522. The Sheth family matched up to $ 500,000 in donations this year.
Corresponding to your donation:The Sheth family matched $ 500,000 in donations from Season for Caring
Castillo, 26, said she spent a lot of time communicating with insurance and medical supply companies to make sure her daughter had the supplies she needed. She was recently approved for a back-up generator which should keep Mariana’s ventilator running during future blackouts. However, she said basic supplies like an emergency ventilator and tracheostomy tubes have been scarce throughout the pandemic.
âIt’s a struggle because before the pandemic she was getting four circuits (the tube for the ventilator) per month and after March 2020 she only had two,â Castillo said. “We had to be really careful how we treat them and make sure they don’t break or whatever, because that’s what keeps my baby alive.”
She said she had a love-hate relationship with the fan.
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âThis box will always be with me as part of my daughter, so I have a little bit of love for her,â she said. “Just to think if I didn’t have this machine, it wouldn’t be here. It’s just amazing.
Like many families in this year’s Season of Care, the Castillos have medical supplies and bills high on their wishlists.
The Castillos would like to replace the carpet in their house with parquet and enlarge their bathroom to make Mariana’s maintenance easier. They also need wheelchair ramps, therapy toys, and an external battery for a ventilator.
To learn more about the Castillo family or to donate an item on their wish list, contact Any Baby Can at 512-454-3743, anybabycan.org.
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Ashley Rivera, who has stage 4 breast cancer, has three children with a neuromuscular disorder, one of whom uses a feeding tube. They need help with medical bills for therapies, specialists, and medical supplies, as well as a second refrigerator for feeding supplies from Caleb, 6, and equine therapy to improve core strength. children. They would also like to transform their garage into a storage space for medical supplies. (Wonders and Concerns, 512-329-5757, wondersandworries.org)
Judy Silva, who cares for her brother Ramon, who has Down syndrome and has a stroke, needs an eye exam and glasses. They also need a wheelchair hitch and a luggage rack for their car. (Austin Palliative Care at 512-342-4768, austinpalliativecare.org)
The LÃ³pez Guzman family have had excess medical bills since mother Arelis and her daughters Samantha, 4, and Marlen, 13, were attacked on a city bus. (Foundation Communities, 512-447-2026, foundcom.org)
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Musician BJ Lentz went legally blind after banging her head in 2017. She needs adaptive technology like voice-recognition lights, a large TV for reading in large print, smart speakers and speakers. electronic glasses. (Austin Musicians’ Health Alliance, 512-541-4226, myhaam.org)
The Gaston-Elllis family lost their mother to COVID-19 in August. They need eye care and glasses as well as orthodontics. (Hospice Austin, 512-342-4726, hospiceaustin.org)
The Fresch family is in need of orthodontics. They have welcomed three children into foster care and are about to welcome one-month-old twins born prematurely, in addition to looking after their three biological children. (Dress for Success Austin, 737-471-6377, dressforsuccessaustin.org)
Tahaguas Abraha and his family from Eritrea would also like to have orthodontics. (Interfaith Action of Central Texas, 512-386-9145, interfaithtexas.org)
Donate to Statesman Season for Caring
Until Christmas, the Sheth family donates up to $ 500,000.
Learn more about Season for Caring, read the stories of the families featured, and donate to Statesman.com/seasonforcaring. You can also find a coupon and send a donation by mail on Page 12E.