Immigrant Woman Needing Kidney Transplant Seeks Refuge/ Community Support

For Immediate Release

Contact: Fr. Jose S. Landaverde 773-538-7414

Rosa Melendes al 312-428-1953

What: Press Conference

When: Thursday, May 7 at 11:30 am

Where: 6345 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60639

Immigrant Woman Need of Kidney Transplant Seeks Refuge and Community Support

Chicago IL – Central American immigrant woman from El Salvador, Mara Lidia Moran Rosales, 23, recently made a Youtube video imploring for help and support. She is currently under dialysis treatment, three times a week, and is in need of a kidney transplant. She states that she has no family or support and that is not “easy to live in this way.” When asked about “what is she asking the community for?” She breaks into tears and states that the only thing she asks for is “to be help, I would want to have a normal life like any other person, it is no easy…to all the people that are listening, watching this video, please lend me your support; I would greatly appreciate it, thank you” she concluded.

Father Jose Landaverde, a long time Chicago activist who have fought for the rights of immigrants and has led several kidney-transplant campaigns fighting for the right of immigrants to have access to organ transplants, has summoned activist and community members alike to rally around Mara Lidia Moran Rosales in an ongoing fight to Save Lives. In a brief statement father Jose Landaverde states “Marta needs our support due to her serious illness, her condition deteriorates day after day. For Marta, we the community are her only family here in the US. Therefore we call on the community to join the battle to save young Marta’s life.”

Here is the link to the video released by Marta Lidia Moran Rosales.

Press Conference: Thursday May 7 at 11am.

Location: El Cuanaco Restaurant, 6345 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60639

Mara Moran will be present for interviews.

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