Child of the Month
By Judy & Larry Beaumont

     A misdiagnosis sent Jose Castro Miranda to DIF Chapala for physical therapy to correct a curvature of his spine when he could barely walk. The therapy aggravated a growing tumor on Jose’s back, making surgery imperative last year. The removal of the tumor cost him three months in Hospital Civil in Guadalajara. In January, several skin grafts were necessary after a drain in his back burst and burned the flesh around it.
     The two-year-old has been through a great deal in his young life, with more surgery ahead. Jose was also born with deformed toes on one foot and has a testicular hernia that must be repaired soon. Niños Incapacitados will be there to help pay for his medicine and surgeries.
     Jose’s father washes cars in Chapala and gives money to his estranged wife when he can. Jose’s mother is 19 years old and has two other children, a boy who is three and a girl who is only five months old. When her marriage failed, she moved home with her parents and siblings. Nine people occupy their two-room home. Sandra Miranda described her parents’ home as one standard room made from masonry and one room of carton, which she explained was just thick cardboard.
     In May and June you can watch the three Triple Crown races while enjoying great food. This year, the Kentucky Derby is May 3rd, the Preakness is May 17th and the Belmont Stakes are June 7th. Although the races (on TV) are the focus of these parties, we also have raffles, games, food that is included in the cover price, a cash bar and other amusements. Look for flyers and other publicity, and join in the fun. Buy tickets to one party or all three in advance or at the gate.
     Niños Incapacitados meets the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the bar area of La Nueva Posada. New members and visitors are always welcome. For further information about the group, call the president, Gene Beck, at 766-1735 or the secretary, Judy Beaumont, at 766-0095.