Charity Fashion Show delivers for 10-year-old girl Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 March 2019 00:00

Life for 10-year-old Lucita Chable, a Standard 4 student of Bishop O.P. Martin Roman Catholic School in San Ignacio, is anything but normal when compared to other 10-year-olds. While Chable does fun activities like dance and play just like any other child, her daily routine also consists of other activities. The 10-year-old has to take sodium bicarbonate and pressure pills and drink a lot of water on a daily basis. Besides that, she has to visit the doctor’s office at least four times for the year all because of a rare kidney disease. Since birth, Lucita has been living with polycystic kidneys. The condition, which was detected during her mother’s pregnancy, has left her with a non-functional left kidney while her right kidney is only operating at 25% capacity.

As Lucita continues to grow, her condition deteriorates and she and her parents, Rosita and Lucio Chable, are at the point where a kidney transplant is the only next option. Those transplants, however, can be quite costly and the cheapest in the region, in Guatemala, rings in at $75,000.

In assisting with the family’s expenses, ARMO Belize hosted a Prom Expo as well as a Prom Fashion Show on Saturday, March 2, 2019. During the prom expo, which lasted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants were able to visit a number of booths which showcased prom dresses, tuxedos, and the works of various makeup artists. At the evening fashion show, the dress and suits came to life and were modeled on a catwalk. There, over $2,500 was raised for Lucita and her family and they even made a brief appearance on stage. Those funds will be handed over later this week. At the fashion show, they were also given the good news that doctors at the Belize Medical Associates have offered to perform the surgery at a minimal cost.

Lucita’s donor is her own mother, who has pledged her life to saving her first born child. She says that she remains grateful for all the support offered. Besides expenses for the transplant itself, the family will also need funds for other expenses, primarily medication to assist in the postoperative care. That is approximated to cost around $1,000 every month.