I Am Daiane

For: Daiane Alves Da Silva
United States
Organizer: Abby Beard
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 59 donors
3% Complete

The Story

Daiane is a 12 year old girl from the favelas (slums) of Brazil. At 10 years old, Daiane developed scoliosis and just two years later her ribs have started crushing her heart and lungs. Her life in the slums of Brazil offer little comfort as her body aches in the cold. Her family is unable to afford the extreme cost of saving her life as her mom is unemployed and her dad isn't present in her life. Right now she is on the list for free surgery from the public health system in Brazil, but that timeline could be upwards of seven years. That's time Daiane doesn't have. 

We've started a campaign to raise money for her hospital stay, the equipment that will straighten her spine, and the follow up visits that will maintain her health. A surgeon has already offered to conduct the surgery for free, but the remaining funds she needs equal $100,000 USD.

Daiane's dreams are big and beautiful. She wants to learn English, become a professional dancer, and teach ballet and hip hop. Her joy is unending. Her dancing is contagious. And her love for others is incredible. She stole our hearts and we carry her story with us. People around the world are fighting for her life, will you join us in making her dreams a reality?

If you would like to know more about Daiane and her story, visit www.photogenx.org/i-am-daiane

*Any money raised above the cost of the surgery (including but not limited to costs before, during, and after the surgery), will go to providing Daiane with a better life, such as education and living conditions.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 9, 2017

Posted on August 9, 2017

Thank you SO much to everyone who has given to Daiane, believed in her and her dreams, and have helped fight for her life! After over a year long of fighting, the government finally ruled that she needed surgery ASAP and they would pay for it. Basically, she moved up on that 7 year wait list! Last Thursday she had her first surgery for the scoliosis, and it went really well! She will have at least one more surgery, and then she will have to have lots of physical and emotional therapy. She could have to have up to 3 years of physical therapy after these surgeries, and the government does not pay for that. Your money now will be helping cover all of her post surgery treatments! Thank you so much for your generosity and saving Daiane's life!

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