Child of the
By Judy Beaumont
the September meeting of Niños Incapacitados, members were happy
once again to see Laila Serai Delgado Alvarez and her mother, Itandehui
Delgado Alvarez. In October of 2000, Laila and her mother were in a
bus accident in Guadalajara. Laila was paralyzed and hospitalized for
25 days at Hospital Civil.
Two years later, she is learning, at last,
to crawl. Intensive therapy at DIF Chapala helps and Niños Incapacitados
supplies the money for her medicine for continuing problems with convulsions.
The group has grown to know and love little Laila and her mother.
It is difficult for Señora Delgado
to manage their bills. Her husband left long ago, leaving her with no
means of support and an injured child. Laila still is unable to sit
up or speak and at four years old is a burden to carry. Itandehui Delgado
smiles through the days and gives thanks for the help given to her daughter.
One of the joys of participating in meetings
of Niños Incapacitados is the opportunity to meet children that
the group helps. At most meetings, at least one child comes to visit
and thank the members for their help. Members can watch progress in
children who were hurt or disabled in the past, or meet new patients
needing assistance. Coordinator Margarita Maldonado often accompanies
the visiting family to translate their words.
New members are welcome to join or sit
in on a meeting of Niños Incapacitados the first Thursday of
each month at the bar area of the Nueva Posada at 10:00 a.m. President
Gene Beck works hard to keep the meetings to an hour in length.
Now that the fall season is here, there
is a lot of rewarding work to be done, both with the children and in
raising funds to help them. Niños Incapacitados will have a booth
at the subasta (sale) next to the La Floresta Auditorium on October
19th with a large variety of secondhand goods to sell.
On November 6th, pianist Pete Schaefer
and vocalists Los Cantantes del Lago will perform selections of classical
and contemporary music at the La Floresta Auditorium with proceeds to
be donated to Niños Incapacitados. Tickets will be available
for $50 pesos at Ticket Central, in front of the auditorium in October.