Supporting Andrew Rivera and Son

Campaign Created by: David Domet

The funds from this campaign will be received by David Domet.

Goal: CAD $50,000
Raised: CAD $ 42,522

Andrew Rivera is a widower and single dad of a delightful four-year-old boy. Andrew's wife passed away just before their little boy was two years old. Since then, Andrew has been raising his son alone with the help, during the week, of his mother. She comes every Sunday night from out of town so that Andrew can work and so that his son can be cared for and taken to and picked up from junior kindergarten at the local Catholic school.

Just after Easter, Andrew had a serious medical situation at home and was rushed to the hospital where he remains in intensive care (April 18, 2023). Andrew's recovery is going to be long. It may be a year, we still don't know. In the meantime, the family is in a crisis. Andrew has a mortgage and will have ongoing medical expenses. Private insurance support is virtually non-existent. It is a devasting situation for the family and for those of us who are his friends. His parents are in their 70's.

If you are in the greater Toronto area and attend the Traditional Latin Mass, you will know or may have at least seen Andrew. He has often been a Master of Ceremonies and has assisted in the training of many to serve the Traditional Latin Catholic Mass at both diocesan churches and the Society of St. Pius X. Andrew is a good man, a good father, and a kind and humble fellow to all who know him. Whether you know Andrew personally or have just come across this on social media or through a blog, he is now in need of your help and we are reaching out to you on his behalf.

My name is David Anthony Domet and I've known Andrew for about fifteen years. I am working with another friend and his mother and father on this project. This effort has been approved by Andrew's mother. I am responsible for this fundraiser and all funds will be turned over to his mother and father for the sole purpose of supporting Andrew and his son financially at this most difficult time. His recovery is going to be long and arduous, it is unclear at this time, how long. The financial future is uncertain until he is able to function and be self-supportive for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we are reaching out to you in your charity for help. We have set an ambitious target of $50,000.00. We need to provide enough support for at least one year. May God bless you for your kindness. 

UPDATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023, 10:30 A.M. EDT

Andrew is now out of intensive care as of yesterday, April 21, since being admitted on April 11. He is recovering from the initial crisis but has a long road ahead. There is no determination yet as to when his hospital stay will end, nor when he can return to work. On the matter of work, the company is small and has no health care benefits or insurance. Andrew's son has not seen him since the collapse at home, but he will have a chance to see him today on a computer video call. 

UPDATE: MONDAY, MAY 8, 2023, 6:53 EDT

Thank you so much for your kindness. Andrew is making progress. It is much like an episode of House where one thing leads to another as multiple medical conditions appear and are linked to one cause, or not. Andrew will be in hospital for quite a bit yet. I am trying to respect as much of his privacy as possible but as stated, the recovery is going to be long and the time off work is quite significant. He will need a long time of convalescence one he returns home.

Your donations are greatly appreciated as are your prayers. Equally important is sharing this on your social media and via email. 

If you have any questions, you may write me at: voxcantoris@rogers.com

David Anthony Domet

UPDATES

Update #8
March 13, 2024
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Hello Friends,

As you can see above, I have been raising funds for a friend, Andrew Rivera, for almost a year now. It was just a day or two after Easter 2023 that Andrew faced a great health crisis. As of today, $39,500.00 has been raised from a $50,000.00 goal. Andrew is facing more surgery due to nerve damage as a result of the coma and stroke.

Today, March 13, is Andrew's birthday. He is 43 years old and as above, a single father. Andrew will require more surgery and therapy and will need to find a new career. In the meantime, I am reaching out to you again, in your Lenten charity, to give due consideration to this need.

God bless you all.

David Anthony Domet

Update #7 On this joyous day after Christmas Day
December 26, 2023
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Christmas Day is past but the Christmas season continues on at least until Epiphany (January 6) and even as long as Candlemas (February 2). At this time and on behalf of Andrew, I want to wish you a Blessed Christmas and thank you for your generosity over the last year. 

I saw Andrew just over a week ago at a Service of Lessons and Carols, he is making progress. Yet, the difficulty remains in his hands and shoulders, as nerve damage from the coma and extended periods in bed continues. The things we find out in these medical crises are quite incredible. As I've said before, like an episode of House. 

This is now the latest challenge - a surgery at some point in the new year and then more recovery with no certainty as to a return to work.

Please remember Andrew in your prayers as he prays for each of you who have been so kind to him. Thank you once again for your generosity.

Update #6
November 17, 2023
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It is now November 17, over 7 months since Andrew's collapse from a diabetic coma and the resulting complications, including kidney failure (now resolved) and a stroke. During the medical crisis and testing it was found that Andrew had a hole in his heart. I'm glad to write that in mid-September, it was repaired in surgery and Andrew continues to recover. However, the effect of the stroke and the whole period of being in a coma means that his recovery is still ongoing. Make no mistake, he is improving, but, there is no indication of when he will be able to return to work. It may be many, many months, I cannot predict. 

I ask you not to forget Andrew and Orlando and to remember them in your prayers.

I thank each of you for your kindness by way of financial support. Many of you have given multiple times. Some have given small amounts, like the recent $7 donation. That is the "widow's mite," and the opus Dei! Thank you so much. 

Please, please, share this on your social media. Please help us get to the $50,000 goal by Christmas.

God bless you. 

David Anthony Domet

 

Update #5 URGENT PRAYERS REQUESTED AND YOUR CONTINUED DONATIONS AND SUPPORT!
September 17, 2023
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Dear Friends,

Andrew Rivera has been a friend of mine for many years. He has been a collaborator with me on the organization of many Masses in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite across the Greater Toronto Area. He is known to many here both in the diocesan traditional community and the Society of St. Pius X. Andrew is a single father of a five-year-old boy, pictured with him above, his wife having passed away three years ago.

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Just after Easter, Andrew had a serious attack and went into a diabetic coma. The next few weeks were like an episode of House (without the cursing and such). Every time I spoke with his mother there was another issue. Infection. Kidney failure and dialysis and the usual things and indignities that accompany such a situation. The most shocking and profound was a caused by clots that can happen due to inactivity. (No jab here folks, so let's leave that one alone). However, it turns out that the cause of the clots may have been a previously undetected "hole in the heart." more properly known as an atrial septal defect and is from birth. In addition to this, there is ongoing neuropathy from the .

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Tomorrow morning, Monday, September 18, Andrew will have PFO Closure surgery. Please remember Andrew today at Mass and in your prayers, that God will guide the surgeon's hands so that all will be well and grant a full recovery in all these things to Andrew.

Now, the recovery from this is going to add to the other maladies. It is simply not known when Andrew will be able to return to work.

Thus, I am asking you to be generous with our fundraising campaign.

Your help is most appreciated, Andrew has seen all the data from the GiveSendGo and you are all in his prayers.

God bless you.

David Anthony Domet

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Update #4
August 16, 2023
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First, I want to thank you for all your donations thus far. You are very kind. May God bless you abundantly.

It is August 16 and it has now been over four months since that Easter Week incident that sent Andrew and his family into this crisis. I spoke with him yesterday and he is making great progress. I'm sorry I am not disclosing here all the medical circumstances, I am trying to respect his privacy as much as possible given the circumstances and I am sure you understand. Andrew is not yet "out of the woods." There are more tests to go because as is often the case, when a medical crisis happens and one is exposed to all of these tests and interventions, causes or sometimes new issues are discovered and that is the case. It is too early to say how it will be dealt with and while Canadian health care will cover the medical needs, there is no indication as yet, when he will be able to return to work. If further surgery is required, it will be many, many months. 

On behalf of Andrew and his family, thank you again and God bless you. 

David Anthony Domet

Update #3
June 26, 2023
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Good day,

As we approach this last week of June, I'd like to take a moment to thank you all for your kindness and generosity. I am deeply moved by the fact that many of you have given multiple times. As last updated, Andrew is home. His parents have moved in and he continues to undergo recovery. He has even been able to attend church. The issue now is the long-term recovery and eventual correction of what may have been the underlying cause. The importance of this fundraiser to continue is the fact that there is no indication of when Andrew will be able to return to work. The company has no short or long-term disability plan so whatever you give is going directly to sustain Andrew and his son. All funds raised up to last week have been handed over. God bless you for your generosity. David Domet

Update #2
June 2, 2023
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Dear Friends,

After 40 days (there is a significant number), Andrew is being released from the hospital today for home recovery. We thank God above for this grace and you for your prayers for Andrew. Whilst still trying to maintain as much privacy as possible, Andrew's situation was like watching an old episode of House. An initial sudden crisis led to numerous connective matters and the determination of some pre-existing conditions. For the last few weeks, he has been in therapy in the hospital and will now continue as an out-patient and from home. Full recovery will take up to a year and there is no indication yet of a date for a return to work. 

On behalf of Andrew and his family, I want to extend their gratitude for your prayerful and financial support. 

Given the long-term recovery, we ask for your new or continued support for the next while. 

God bless you all.

David Domet

Update of Sunday, May 28.
May 28, 2023
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Andrew is doing much better and is entering rehabilitation therapy. He remains in the hospital for the time being. Thank you for your kindness and generosity of prayers and donations. If you are able to continue to donate, we thank you. God bless.

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