Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007 - A message from Angelica Garzon on Facebook...
"On behalf of Dario, his wife, Kiri, her family and the Martinez family, I’m pleased to convey some very wonderful news.
Yesterday, representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship Services came to Dario’s hospital room. Dario is now a proud citizen of the United States of America. He will soon be eligible for Medicaid. The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, has officially accepted Dario as a charity case. He will receive all his treatment, including allogeneic bone marrow transplant, there without charge.
We have so many people to thank. It is amazing that in just four days Dario's story moved such a large number of people. The unselfish actions of so many have reminded us that people are really naturally good at heart and we are never alone no matter how bad our circumstances may be.
The effort all began by contacting a few key people. Then suddenly we had an entire community mobilized to help one individual. For instance, yesterday I called the business office at Moffitt Cancer Transplant Center, on behalf of Dario, to confirm that all his treatment would be covered as a charity case. When I asked who was responsible for putting all this together, the clerk laughed and said, "There are so many people who want to help Dario and who have been working to make this happen. The list is too long to say." Dario and all of us are so grateful to everyone at Moffitt and want to thank Dario's Hematologists, Doctor Feinstein and Doctor Grossman for leading the effort.
United States Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart and his staff took a very personal interest in Dario. Their work was extremely valuable and all of this could not have happened without their willingness to help save Dario. Doctor Jorge Rios and his wife Mrs. Barbara Rios gave us daily guidance in how to proceed and put us in contact with influential leaders in the community. Dario has a great deal of love for the Rios family and their personal visits and calls meant so much to him." (I think there was more to this message but it was cut off... I will ask Angelica for the rest.)
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007
The hospital has agreed to do Dario's transplant as a charity!!! The transplant will be free of charge!! Thanks to all the media and people involved in fighting for Dario, we have made this miracle come to life. Dario will be choosing a donor on Wednesday and when all the details are set up, will be flying to Tampa for the bone marrow transplant. We still need to keep raising funds for him, because his medical expenses do not stop here. It will take months of special care and years of extra care to manage his health after the transplant. He is already $600,000 in debt with Memorial Hospital from his treatment up until now, and will occur more in the months and years to come. I will keep you updated as the week continues. Thanks for all your help and consideration!
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007
A wonderful man named Chip DiComo contacted our site today. He has explained to us that there may be a possibility of getting Dario an insurance plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield. We are working out the details now.
Chip is also helping to fight for Dario so that he may stay at Memorial West Hospital. Chip has a lot of experience with Dario's situation and will assisting in guiding Dario through the paper work and legal aspects of attaining a special insurance for his needs.