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Please Help Save Baby Maria! We desperately need your help, and are uniting to raise money to help with her battle with Cloacal Exstrophy.


Hello everyone,

I am so excited!  My mommy told me that we will be going to the United States to have my surgery soon.  YEAY!  I have asked my mommy to pack my diapers, my clothes, and most importantly my favorite toy.  You know, i can't sleep without my favorite toy.  I am scared of the dark and my toy helps me sleep at night.

I currently do not have enough for all my surgeries, but I should have enough for my first.  Thank you all for your support and generosity.  We are half way there!!

We are now using your donations from the Give Forward account to help pay for my first surgery. We will be consolidating our efforts and collecting all donations through our IKF’s Wonderfund™ account:

I will still need about $85,000 for my last two surgeries, so please remember me and keep me in your prayers. Please continue to spread the word.  I will make sure to let you know all about my first surgery and my first airplane ride.

There will be many first experiences for me, but the one that i am still looking forward to, is my first birthday cake.  I can only thank you for helping me reach that goal.

Sleep with the angels.

With love and kisses,

Baby Maria Jose


To make a donation via wire transfer please use the information listed below:
Jackson Memorial Foundation/IKF’s Wonderfund c/o Bank of America
701 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
ABA: #026009593 Account: #005498997814
Child’s name: Maria Jose Chaves

If you prefer to make a donation to a bank account in Colombia, please use the information listed below:
Bancolombia, the account number is 039-869909-75
The name on the account is Maria Jose Valderrama Chaves.

Hola a todos,

Estoy tan emocionada! Mi mamá me dijo que vamos a viajar pronto a los Estados Unidos para mi cirugía. Yeay! Le he pedido a mi mamá que me empaque mis pañales, mi ropa, y lo más importante, mi juguete favorito. Ustedes saben, que no puedo dormir sin mi juguete favorito. Tengo miedo de la oscuridad y mi juguete me ayuda a dormir por la noche.

Yo actualmente no tiengo suficiente para todas mis cirugías, pero debería tener suficiente para la primera. Gracias a todos por su apoyo y generosidad. Estamos a mitad de camino!

Ahora estamos utilizando sus donaciones de la cuenta GiveForward para ayudar a pagar por mi primera cirugía. Vamos a consolidar nuestros esfuerzos y recoger todas las donaciones a través de nuestra cuenta Wonderfund ™ de IKF:

Todavía se necesitan alrededor de $85,000 para mis dos últimas cirugías, así que por favor, acuérduese de mí y mantenganme en sus oraciones. Por favor, segan difundiendo la palabra. Me aseguraré de hacerle saber todo acerca de mi primera cirugía y mi primer viaje en avión.
Habrá muchas primeras experiencias para mí, pero el que todavía estoy esperando, es mi primer pastel de cumpleaños. Sólo puedo darles las gracias por ayudarme a alcanzar ese objetivo.
Que sueñen con los ángelitos.
Con cariño,
bebé Maria Jose
Para hacer una donación a través de transferencia bancaria por favor use la siguiente información:

Jackson Memorial Foundation / IKF 's Wonderfund c / o Bank of America

701 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Código Swift: BOFAUS3N
ABA: 026009593 Cuenta #: # 005498997814
Nombre del niño: Maria Jose Chaves
Si prefiere hacer una donación a una cuenta bancaria en Colombia, por favor use la siguiente información:
Bancolombia, el número de cuenta es 039-869909-75
El nombre de la cuenta es María José Valderrama Chaves.


Baby Maria was diagnosed with Cloacal Exstrophy at birth on December 30, 2011. This means that her abdominal organs, including her bladder and intestines, are exposed.  This disease is very severe and extremely rare, which explains the pain and discomfort Maria experiences every day.  She still tries to smile for her Mommy, and we try to be brave, but we are all very worried living day to day with the anxiety and anguish of the risk of having her baby organs exposed. As the days go by, the fear lies in the fact that by having her body organs exposed, she can acquire an infection, and her health situation can complicate further. Moreover, as she continues to grow it becomes harder to treat her exposed organs. For this reason, and many more, our family is very desperate, and looking for the means to treat baby Maria, who every day suffers more. The condition is very severe and there is a very special Doctor who can perform the surgery necessary to try and save Maria’s life. His name is Dr. John P. Gearhart from John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. However, it is very expensive for Dr. John to perform the complex surgeries that could make Maria’s life better. It makes our family very sad that we don’t have the economic means to cover the costs related to the travel and treatment and yet we’ve been told that if we don’t see Dr. John soon, Maria might not make it to her first birthday. If you can spare any money, any at all, please donate and we promise that you will be remembered with so much love when Maria blows out her first birthday candle!  If you can’t spare any we quite understand, you can still help Maria by responding to our post and clicking “promote” to help spread the word! Thank you all very much for your donations and for spreading the word!!! Below is our contact information. You can also visit our site: Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again and God Bless you, Maria Fernanda Chaves Valderrama Wong Swie San, Mother Harold Valderrama, Father Email: Cell: 57-3144273642    

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