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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Alfred Arteaga: Heart & Mind

The family of noted Chicano Thinker/Poet Alfred Arteaga is raising money to cover his medical expenses. If you can give, please give HERE.

Here's a note from one of his daugthers:

My name is Xóchitl Arteaga, and together with my sisters Marisol and Mireya, we write to ask you for assistance with our father, Alfred Arteaga, who is in need due to failing health.

In 1999 our father suffered a massive heart attack and spent six weeks in a coma. He survived but spent a year in recovery, learning to walk again. He improved greatly and went back to full time teaching at Berkeley. Then in 2005 he suffered a second heart attact and has been in and out of the hospital. He continues to teach full time but is in need of treatment, perhaps a heart transplant. We are looking for alternative treatments.

There is a new program of stem cell treatment that is successful in cases like his. By cultivating his own stem cells, doctors can now infuse the heart to create new and stronger muscle. His American cardiologists are supportive.
The most effective procedure of this kind was developed by a US cardiologist and is done by US doctors in Thailand. This is because US hospitals are in trials now, as the procedure is not yet FDA approved. We cannot wait years for the approval process to run its course. We have scheduled his stem cell operation for June 2006, and we are doing everything in our power to fund our father's treatment.

Please help us by donating money to this cause. We need to raise $50,000 for the procedure, follow-up treatment and associated expenses. We hope you will help us.

More info HERE.

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