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: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Anthony Domet