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Berwyn mother’s love grows through foster child’s diagnosis

On this Mother’s Day, a testament to a mother’s love and devotion.  After a surprise and devastating diagnosis of one of their foster children, a Berwyn husband and wife decide there’s no turning back. Adoption at all costs.

Six years ago, Margarita Rivera, her husband and her daughter, Anjelica,  were excited to welcome Lee and younger brother, Sal, to the family. Two weeks later, Lee was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy called Duchenne’s.

The coupled asked themselves: Were they up to the challenge? Could they handle this financially as well as emotionally?

Little 9-year-old Lee, Margarita says, is their source of strength.

“He teaches me on a daily basis what it is to love and to be patient and to compromise,” Margarita says.

Helping the family cope is the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which sponsored a fantasy flight for the Riveras and hundreds of others who have children facing difficult medical challenges.

Margarita quit her teaching job and they need to raise $50,000 dollars to build a first floor bedroom and bathroom for their son. They rely on their faith, the community and Lee.

“We’re so truly blessed.,” Margarita sayd. “Though we can’t have all the of the money we have all of the love.”

In August, there will be a fundraiser called “For the Love of Lee” to help raise money to pay for that new  addition.

More information at: www.facebook.com/fortheloveoflee2014

For the Love of Lee Fundraiser

August 16, 2014
St. Leonard Catholic Church
3318 S. Clarence Avenue
Berwyn, Il 60402

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