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Venezuelans in the US Send Medical Care Packages to Struggling Families

By: Ysol Delgado - Aug 4, 2016, 11:13 am
Venezuelans in Miami seek to alleviate the plight of shortage of medicines (Estáticos)
Many Venezuelans in Miami said they hope to seek to alleviate some of the medical shortage in their home country. (Estáticos)

EspañolMany citizens in the United States are sympathizing with the economic and social crisis taking place in Venezuela, and have reportedly decided to send care packages to those in need.

Florida residents have reportedly sent basic drugs to Venezuela after news spread of eight-year-old Oliver Sanchez, who passed away two months ago without the medication he needed to fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Months before that, 14-year-old Maikel Mancilla Peña died after going into five consecutive days of convulsions without proper medication.

“No words can explain the pain you feel as a mother when there is no medicine for your daughter,” said Cristina Nogueira, whose eight-year-old daughter Camila Alzate suffers from Dravety syndrome that causes recurrent seizures.

The drug shortage, which has been estimated at 85 percent, has affected their family as well.

” She will have to go into an induced coma so her brain does not end up affected,” Nogueira said, adding, “here (in Venezuela) there is nothing.”

The community of Venezuelans in the state of Florida, moved in solidarity by this crisis, have begun sending medicine to those suffering the worst.

José Ron, President of “Ron Logistics,” helped organize the effort so the drugs could be sent free of cost.

“We ship directly to consumers,” he said. “If someone is here and wants to send a drug to Venezuela to a family member or friend.”

He also added they help patients who need chemotherapy or medicines to control blood sugar, blood pressure, thyroid and other problems.

Ron, however, has only been shipping the exact drugs that people need. In the case of Nogueira, he sent only Diacomit.

Ron’s company is just one of the many shipping companies in and around Miami supporting Venezuelans with shipments of medicines at no cost.

“We send the free medicines to collaborate and support people,” said a spokesperson for one company, who believes the current situation is the most serious that has occurred in the country.

A group of women has also put together an effort to gain further support. It is non-profit and takes from donations not only medicine, but also other basic-needs products as well.

If Interested, Please Contact: 

Ron Logistics at (305) 477-1477. From Venezuela: (0212) 335.7657.

Vikom Export: (786) 360-5425

Fundación Sanando via email: sanando2012@gmail.com.

To donate to Move Org, it has three collection sites:

1) 7650 W McNab Rd APT 117, Tamarac, FL 33321

2) Restaurant La Casserola in 6941 SW 196th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL 33332 and

3) Quirantes Orthopaedics in 4258 West 12 Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012.

Source: El Nuevo Herlad 

Ysol Delgado Ysol Delgado

Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.