Community Comes Together for Boy with CVID

Let’s be honest – watching the news today can be a little depressing.

Whether it’s political scandals, human rights crises, and the usual doom-and-gloom of war and dangerous world dictators, sometimes it feels like we can’t catch a break. But all this means is that we have to dig a little deeper to find the goodness in humanity, because believe me, it’s out there. Case in a point-

A Connecticut community came together to organize a blood drive for a 6-year-old buy with Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), last month.

Casimir Pulaski School in Meriden, Connecticut organized a blood drive for Jeshua Lopez, resulting in over 50 donors volunteering to donate blood. According to the NIH, those with CVID are highly susceptible to viruses and infection, which necessitates regular transfusions. According to Jeshua’s mother, he needs approximately 1,000 blood donors each month to receive the antibodies and plasma his body requires. So every bit helps!

And this isn’t the first time Meriden has come through for little Jeshua! In 2016, the First Christian Charismatic Church and Valentin Karate hosted blood drives – and in a special gesture, Jeshua was made an official member of the University of New Haven’s football team through the Team IMPACT program.

Help and gestures like these not only provide Jeshua the physical help he needs to fight his illness, but it also lifts his spirits – and helps his family as they too deal with the stresses of caring for someone with an illness.

And it serves as a reminder to us that we are capable of wonderful things when we come together – and that good deeds, big or little, can have a huge impact.

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