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Jan 23, 2015

Organization Assists Kids Living with Cancer

Working to assist the family is the organization, A Thousand Smiles For Cleyon – Every Child Deserves a Miracle which was founded by Michelle Rudon. Rudon and several other professionals and mothers have come together to give hope to children afflicted with the deadly disease. Cleyon Marage Junior—who the organization first assisted after doctors in Belize and in Merida gave up on him back in early 2014—was the inspiration for the non-profit organization. Since then, the group has taken on the case of Baby Mia, Baby Izak and Henry Griffin. Unfortunately last Friday, Henry passed away from cancer, but Rudon says that the organization will continue to fight for these children.


Michelle Rudon, A Thousand Smiles For Cleyon

Michelle Rudon

“Since Cleyon, we have come across two babies…baby Isaac who is six months old now and we have baby Mia who is fourteen months; both of them have the exact same cancer, both of them need surgery. The babies are holding up for some reason better than older kids. They are traveling back and forth between Merida and Guatemala for chemo which is expensive. Both of them have to go twice a month for chemo until the doctors decide their little bodies are strong enough to get the surgery done. We also have…well we had Henry. We lost Henry last Friday. I think that instill an even greater urgency in me to get this thing going because it is heartbreaking losing a child.  We were very appreciative and surprised when we saw the response to Cleyon. Since then, people have been responding to baby Isaac. Now we want to introduce baby Mia and we are hoping that the same help that has been given to Cleyon filters down to Isaac and Mia because all of them need the assistance. And what we realize also is that when the parents go to Merida with these kids or go to Guatemala to get the chemo and there is no space in the shelter—and priority of course is given to Mexicans—if you don’t have space, these parents sleep outside, which has to be extremely uncomfortable. So what we are trying to do also is get some kind of housing set up so that when you take your child for chemo you have something right across from the hospital where you can say. We welcome ideas, we welcome advice. A lot of people have been reaching out…both here and abroad. Of course the main thing is the finances. So every little bit helps, Duane, if it is five dollars, if it is ten dollars; corporations have been reaching out and donating.”


To assist Baby Izak, you can make deposits to Iris Belisle’s Atlantic Bank number 210-830-216. For Baby Mia, Sandra Alvarez’s Belize Bank account number is 680-02-2-23-0911. 

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