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James Rey’s Long Road to Surgery

Hey, guys! I know this doesn’t exactly fit with the usual VapeDeals content, but it’s incredibly important to me, so I wanted to quickly share it with you. As some of you know, I work with a small non-profit organization called Abounding in Love. We help provide cleft lip and palate surgery for impoverished children in the Philippines. We offer support in various other ways too, such as food, medicine/vitamins, education, and building projects.

Our newest project is helping a young boy named James Rey. I’ll be honest, when I first read his story, it really shook me up. This little guy has had a rough childhood. Here’s a quick summary:

James Rey and Family

James was born with a bilateral cleft lip. His family is very poor, so affording an operation would have been impossible. In 2013, Abounding in Love enrolled him in a medical mission…but he failed the screening process when the doctor discovered that he had a heart condition. Fixing his heart was now the top priority; his cleft lip would have to wait.

The family was STILL trying to qualify for a free heart operation in 2019 when their lives took another unexpected turn. James’s father went missing, leaving his mother to be the breadwinner of the family. She began working as a laundress and now supports her 5 children with a mere $19 per week.

In 2021, James finally qualified for a free heart operation. Everything went smoothly.

Abounding in Love Helps James get Heart Surgery

Unfortunately, due to his poor health history, he is now ineligible for free cleft surgery missions. Because of this, we’ve arranged for a local plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.

A summary of what we’re doing for James & his family:

  • Sponsor Surgery (Hospital / Laboratory Fees, Transportation, etc.)
  • A Year’s Supply of Food & Vitamins
  • Electricity & Water Supply Connections for their House (they have neither!)
  • Household Items (Mattresses, Kitchenware, etc.)
  • School Supplies for the Children

I know money is tight for a lot of us right now, but if you’d be willing to chip in, that would be AMAZING. I can assure you that 100% of the donations received will go directly to this project. If you can’t afford to make a financial contribution, please take a minute to share the fundraiser with friends, family, and co-workers. The hardest thing for small non-profits like us is finding the right people, so one simple share can make a HUGE difference. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!

**I also want to thank everyone who contributed to the Harde House Project earlier this year. I’m so proud of what we accomplished for that family and we couldn’t have done it without your support!

 

 

 

 

Jeremy V.

My name is Jeremy and I’ve been writing for VAPE.DEALS since early 2016.  Digging for deals is what I do!  I’m a former 15-year smoker and will always be grateful that I found vaping when I did.  This site played a key role in my journey.  It kept me interested and excited about vaping during those first crucial months away from cigarettes.  Now, my ambition is to pass along that excitement to others; to help people make the switch and never return to combustible cigarettes.  This industry is important and I feel truly blessed to be a part of it.  Please feel free to reach out to me if you ever have any questions: [email protected]

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