Who is Dario?
The letter below was written by Dario; it explains his story. The pictures are of him and his family.

"To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Dario Martinez. I am a 31-year old husband
and father of a 10 month old baby boy and I am
expecting a baby girl in the next few months. I am a
Cuban national having arrived in this country in 2001.
I am now a legal resident.

I was in my fifth year of medical school in Havana,
Cuba
before I was expelled for political reasons. I
found freedom and opportunity in this country and was
able to obtain a medical internship in New Jersey.
With my wife, a child, and a career in the profession
I love before me, my life was more than I could hope
for.

On October 15, 2007, I was diagnosed with Acute
Lymphocytic Leukemia. I am under the care of Dr. Lyle
Feinstein, an oncologist at Memorial Hospital West in
Pembroke Pines; FL. Dr. Feinstein has informed me that
the only treatment that provides me with any hope in
survival is a type of bone marrow transplant available
in specialized hospitals. Unfortunately, my insurance
company will not cover any more treatments, having
already reached a cap. My wife and I have sought out
different avenues that would allow me to undergo
treatment, including Medicaid; however, because I am
not a US Citizen, I am not eligible for Medicaid
coverage. I have submitted an application for US
Citizenship, but the current wait times for such
applications is much longer than the doctors believe I
can wait.

Because of my current situation, I am now coming to
you, so that I may be considered for your financial
assistance. I’ve exhausted every other possibility and
time is running out. We are in desperate need of your
help. It is distressing to imagine that my son and
future daughter will grow up without their father,
simply because there was no money for a treatment that
was very much available.

If you or anyone else are willing to contribute to
this cause please make the donation to:
Dario Martinez Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant
Washington Mutual Bank Benevolent Account # 9343737338

Or send to:

Northridge Services Center
P.O. Box 1080
Northridge, CA 91328-9958

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Dario Martinez."

 

-- This letter was sent out to all of Dario's friends and family in hopes that we will help him. The moment we received his letter we began creating this site to help our dear friend, Dario.

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