Monday, July 26, 2010

Community joins to Save Baby Daniel

The residents of San Pedro were out in droves at Central Park this Sunday for the beach party fundraiser to Save Baby Daniel. A food and drink sale was organized by friends of Baby Daniel's parents (Ilda and Daniel). There were raffles, games, a dollar drive, plus volleyball games and even auctions.

Though the weather threatened rain with dark skies and some strong winds, it held off, making for a very successful day on the beach. Everyone came together to celebrate the life of a little one, hoping against hope that he will be able to get his much needed liver transplant.
Baby Daniel Estell is currently at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, as he suffers from a rare liver disease known as Biliary Atresia, wherein there is a blockage in the tubes (ducts) that carry a liquid called bile from the liver to the gallbladder. The congenital condition has only 2 treatments for this disease. He has already undergone the ‘Kasai Procedure’, and unfortunately, he will need the second option, which is a liver transplant. At the beginning of the fundraisers, Baby Daniel had time on his side, but that time is quickly waning. The full amount needed to complete this procedure is $300,000 USD.

The girls gang up for the dollar auction...each dollar tops the last bid. Some people won cell phones for as little as a dollar, and there were tons of other prizes donated by the business community.
The good news about this disease is that it can be treated and most babies treated in time become healthy.

It is certainly hope and prayers and lots of love that are keeping up the spirits of Baby Daniel's loved ones, as he battles for his life.