Over the past few months we have been REALLY busy, Greg and Kathy have worked with over 20 patients at with CRIM, Aaron is on his third prosthetic and is working hard (rock on!) Luis, who you all met at the breakfast – now has a girlfriend and a wedding may be in the works soon, and we have just been moving forward.

One of the reasons that you haven’t heard me asking for mules so often is that Greg and Kathy have made a few trips back and forth to Chicago to bring in more tools for the lab. Locally he has purchased and refurbished a pizza oven, whose high temperatures are used for the melting of plasic to custom fit the braces and prosthetics. Slowly but surely we are trying to be self sufficient and help all of the patients locally.

We are still running off of the funds that were donated at last March’s Fundraiser, but we are slowly depleting them. Please consider helping the cause with the purchase of a Tadeo’s Shoes Polo shirt…. although this test shirt is in red, the final product is a stunning black polo. Please excuse the model, he was the only one available on our budget….

Tadeo is doing AWESOME! The lift in his shoe has allowed the bones in his little leg to grow straight! The past year has had a huge affect  – and the new lift that was put in last week was 1/4 inch thinner than the last. He is running and playing just like any 3 year old, and not tilting to one side. His prognosis is excellent and the possibility of future amputation is GREATLY reduced. By keeping his bones growing the right way, his muscles are all growing the right way and not contracting.   His complaints of back, knee and foot pain are absent despite his increased activity and growth. My perspective is that we have intervened and have offered positive results.

Tadeo’s Shoe’s is a very small grass roots organization, which helps people in need of orthopedic care, prosthesis and medical treatment, all free of charge.  The group takes it’s name from a now 3 year old boy, Tadeo, who’s lower leg bone was “buckling” and twisting. Volunteers carried molds and specially lifted shoes both to and from the States, so that Tadeo’s hips and spine would have the opportunity to grow straight   Since then, the group has gone on to help many others stand tall, walk straight and lead happier lives.  To learn more about the group, check out their facebook page.   We ask you to join us, and help us continue this work! We have Tadeo’s Shoes polo shirts for sale, they are black and have stitching both on the front and back. A great Christmas gift, and 100% of the proceeds go to help these children and adults in need. 200 pesos, contact Nancy at solodive@msn.com. We will even deliver in Cozumel.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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