The Children who we help.
We support terminally ill children who are living in poverty.
Adonai's Mercy House began with one simple goal: to help impoverished children in the Philippines who are sick with cancer and other life threatening childhood diseases to have a better way to cope with these horrible conditions, and to see all the children enjoy life to the uttermost until they are called home.
We have been working in the Philippines since 2012, but were formally organized as a 501 (c3) in December 2015. Our mission is to love the impoverished terminally ill children and their families, with the current focus on families living in the Philippines.
Unlike in the United States or other places, these parents have no access to healthcare insurance to cover all or part of the treatment costs. There are a few government healthcare “lotteries” they can sign up for, and these have been a blessing to every family, but even if they get selected it still is not enough. So, children are generally brought to the hospital only when it is extremely urgent and are in dire need of a blood or platelet transfusions (or some other procedure). Because of the backlog, they will still have to wait 3 to 5 days before the treatment starts.
It is during this waiting period that many of these families have the most urgent need. They do not have the ability to provide food for their child as they wait in the corridors of the hospital, the hospital does not have enough beds so they are reserved for the sickest children, the rest of the children sleep in the hallways and corridors and many families will have to go outside to beg passersby for anything to try and get enough to by a cup of rice or some other food to sustain the child, while they wait for treatment.
It is here we believe we are called to help these families. We started Adonai’s Mercy House, a Non-Profit Organization based here in the United States in December 2015. We desire more than anything to make a difference for these children and their families. We currently provide food, clean water, and help to pay for the hospital bills for treatments like blood and platelet transfusions, Chemo treatment, food and medicine while they are being treated, and for many of these families we also provide help with burial costs. We Also help them with finding financial assistance from government agencies and other organizations and help them navigate the paperwork to get access to these facilities.
Since starting to provide these service over the last year we have lost nine children we support, but that support has changed the lives of all of these families. They are so grateful for Gods provision in their lives and their own hearts are ignited to help others as they themselves were helped. We know that more children may end up dying. But, that doesn’t deter us because God has laid this on our hearts and we are called to love, and leave the rest up to him.
What we found by talking to the families and Dr’s and Staff at PCMC is that there is no Hospice Center for these children, our goal is to build a hospice center and transitional home where these children are not surrounded by strangers in a large open room as they lose their battle with cancer, or sent home to a house with no floor and no bed to sleep on. We hope to help bring a private, intimate setting with their families and friends, surrounded by loved ones as they transition through their disease, and in most cases to the next life.
This hospice center will be a place that takes in the children when there is nothing more the hospital can do, a place where the children can pass on with dignity, surrounded by loved ones. Where there is no burden on the families to worry about money or food, they can spend the last few days loving and spending time with their children. Something we all wish we could do if we were in their situation, just a little more time.
We are currently in Phase 1 of our goal to build this hospice center, we have been blessed with a donation of about 5 acres and are currently seeking support to build what will become a Hospice and Transitional home.
Our vision is a place that is large enough for a three-story Hospice Center and transitional home, where we envision at least 30 rooms or more, that will be available for these children and their families who are nearing the end. A place where they can be with their families in a comfortable, safe environment with proper care and dignity of life.
On this property we would also have an Orphanage and transitional home for the many of the 1.7 million street children in the Philippines as we can help. We would focus on the abandoned and outcasts and offer them a home and teach them to farm, helping them to become educated. Giving them a hope and a future.
The food we grow would be used to feed these children and the terminally ill on the property, a cycle of life that would give so many hope where there is currently none.
Imagine the impact this would have for the terminally ill children and their families, with your help we can change the lives of these children, bringing dignity and respect to so many before being called home.
You can help us by also donating medical equipment and other needs through our Medical Needs program.
You can also visit our Wall of Memory for those we have lost.
This beautiful little Girl is Reese Tuico and she has Lymphangiomas these are malformations of the lymphatic system characterized by lesions that are thin-walled cysts; these cysts can be macroscopic, as in a cystic hygroma, or microscopic.
The lymphatic system is the network of vessels responsible for returning to the venous system excess fluid from tissues as well as the lymph nodes that filter this fluid for signs of pathogens.
These malformations can occur at any age and may involve any part of the body, but 90% occur in children less than 2 years of age and involve the head and neck.
This beautiful little girl, her name is Leslie Jovial Gurubat and she is 8 years old. Leslie suffers from Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (also called ALL or acute lymphocytic leukemia) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated.
In America an estimated 90% of children with ALL who are treated will survive, yet in places like the Philippines, that number is less than 15%.
Meet Brian Luzano, He is 8 years old, and he has Beta Thalassemia.
Beta thalassemia happens when the gene that controls the production of beta globin is defective. Beta thalassemia can cause anemia ranging from mild to severe and is more common in people of Mediterranean, African, and Southeast Asian descent.
Because his body does not make the proper cells, his condition causes severe symptoms with life-threatening anemia and he requires regular blood transfusions along with blood medication.
This beautiful little girl is Mariel Escobal and she is 10 years old. Marial has Acute Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura which is a rare blood disease that causes blood clots throughout her bod and damages many of her internal organs. years ago this disease was 90% fatal, now with plasma exchanges, this has dropped to 10% but only for those who can afford it.
In the United States and other 1st world countries, children like Mariel would be able to live a long fruitful life by receiving treatment and getting billed later for the cost, however in places like the Philippines, without help treatment for most of these children is impossible.
This beautiful little girl, is Patrixia Gail Gumabay she is four years old and suffers from Ependymoma tumors.
Childhood ependymoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. There are different types of ependymomas. The part of the brain that is affected depends on where the ependymoma forms. The cause of most childhood brain tumors is unknown.
Patricia loves to smile and has a wonderful heart.
This Beautiful Little girl is Althea , she is 9, yrs. old, and has Beta Thalassemia, This is a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to cells throughout the body.
In people with beta thalassemia, low levels of hemoglobin lead to a lack of oxygen in many parts of the body. If not treated properly thalassemia leads to Iron overload and infection in the Body, it causes bone deformities and enlarges the spleen, finally left untreated can causes congestive heart failure and lead to death.
I want to introduce you to a very special little girl, this is Princess Ivy De Guzman. We have had the pleasure of knowing this beautiful little girl for a few years now.
Princess has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).
This beautiful little girl is Moon Rose Cortez and she is 7 years old. Moon Rose loves life and enjoys bringing smiles to people’s faces, she loves to laugh and just be a kid.
Moon Rose has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL, like so many of the children we help support here at Adonai’s Mercy House, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is when too many stem cells become lymphoblasts, B lymphocytes, or T lymphocytes.
The cells do not work like normal lymphocytes and are not able to fight infection very well. These cells are cancer (leukemia) cells.
This Handsome little man is Vince Darren Sesno, he is 6 years old. Vince has acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL. This is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated.
Vince is a typical 6 year old, he loves life and says he dreams a lot about different things, he really likes school because he has friends, and enjoys playing with the other kids. Vince doesn’t like cancer, it makes him feel sick and he would rather play with his friends.
This handsome young man is John Joric Dean A. Regala, he is 7 years old. Joric has lymphocytic leukemia.
Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells help your body fight infection. Your blood cells form in your bone marrow. In leukemia, however, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. These cells crowd out the healthy blood cells, making it hard for blood to do its work. In acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, there are too many of specific types of white blood cells called lymphocytes or lymphoblasts. ALL is the most common type of cancer in children.
Joric loves his family especially his sister, Christel Marey S. Serrano. He loves to laugh and watch cartoons, he is a typical four year old fighting extraordinary circumstances.
I want to introduce you to a special friend of ours, his name is Angelito Loberiano Magday, and he is 14 years old.
Angelito has Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (also called ALL or acute lymphocytic leukemia) it is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if not treated.
Like most teenagers in the Philippines Angelito likes to sing and watch movies, he already knows what he wants to be when he grows up, his dream is to work for JollyBee, ( its like McDonalds) making people happy.
This beautiful little girl is Angel Rasilan, and she is 14 years old.
I want to introduce you an amazing little boy,, his name is Ian Gabriel Jumantoc, and he is 14 years old.
I want to introduce you an amazing little boy,, his name is Jhed angelo Bonita and he is 5 years old.
I want to introduce you an amazing little girl, her name is Samantha and she is 4 years old. Samantha has Retinoblastoma, which is a cancer of the eyes,
Retinoblastoma is a cancer that starts in the retina, the very back part of the eye. It is the most common type of eye cancer in children.
I want to introduce you to Frank Archy D. de Dios, he is a fun loving, happy, six year old little boy. Franky was 4 years old when he was diagnose with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
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