Feb 9, 2010 5:26 PM
TUCSON - Tucsonans are once again reaching into their pockets for people in need, and this time for a family who's son has cystic fibrosis. Wednesday, an anonymous donor gave the family of a child fighting cystic fibrosis $2,300 to help pay for the medications they cannot afford.
Nathan Contreras is 4-years-old and suffers from cystic fibrosis, a debilitating hereditary disease which affects the entire body. Nathan's parents, Leslie and Patrick Contreras, have been able to keep up with his expensive prescriptions until now. They hit a glitch with their prescription drug insurance and are relying on emergency donations to keep their son alive.
Yesterday Nathan's story hit the airwaves when his family reached out on Facebook seeking help. Since our story aired, the generosity has been amazing, and his family is truly grateful.
One donor, who wanted to remain anonymous, met Nathan's family at Walgreens Wednesday morning and paid $2,300 for his medications.
Rebecca Henderson, whose granddaughter has the same condition, donated $50 to Nathan's Paypal website after seeing our story.
"Well my granddaughter has Cystic Fibrosis, and I think it's really important that we support other families that are dealing with the same situation," Rebecca says. "He's such a beautiful little boy and it's really sad that they're having difficulty with insurance, and being able to afford the medication."
Nathan's Mom, Leslie Contreras, says, "We thank you very much and for all the support that anybody is offering."
Help is pouring in for a Tucson family who had to resort to rationing their young son's meds because the cost is just too great. When the donations occurred the family quickly spread word that a miracle had happened.
"I called my mom, I called my mother-in-law, and instantly they start crying just thanking god that this has happened," Nathan's mother says.
It couldn't have come at a more amazing time for Nathan, Wednesday was his 5th birthday.
She says, "This is a gift, totally a gift from god."
Soon the money will run out again, and Nathan's mom hopes the donations will continue.
"We pray that people will start listening even beyond our story, just about cystic fibrosis it is a horrific disease, horrific," she says.