Bow Needs Your Help
Bow is an amazingly upbeat and optimistic child from Thailand who faces a lifetime of deformity unless you can help. She has been given a chance to have facial surgery in the United States, but funds need to be raised to cover the medical costs. The cost for Bow’s care will be approximately $40,000, and we are working with the Agape Home to raise the funds prior to the camp week, August 16th – 22nd.
To find out more about this extraordinary and deserving child who has touched all our lives, view the documentary below, then read about how Bow has inspired us all at Camp Dreamcatcher!
“Bow was born 27 Oct. 1994 in a Bangkok Thailand hospital, where she was abandoned at birth. She spent most of the first 3 years of her life at this hospital, except for a short time that she spent at a home for handicapped children. She came to live at the Agape Home for Babies and Children with HIV/AIDS in Chiang Mai Thailand on 24 Oct 1997 (just before her 3rd birthday) and has been with us ever since. Bow was born HIV+, with multiple facial deformities including cleft palate and she also suffers from chronic sinus infection. Despite all the challenges that Bow faces she has a positive outlook on life and she has many hopes and dreams for her future. Her greatest heart's desire is that she might one day have a mom and dad to call her own, but for now her focus is on getting the surgery needed to correct her deformities. She is "over the moon" as they say, about this opportunity to go to America and have the surgery done. While we can't fix the HIV issues and we can only continue to pray for a family for Bow, we at Agape and many others, are working together to help make this dream of a "new face" come true for her.”
“I first learned about Bow through the film Tiny Tears. I was amazed by her courage, her heart full of love and by her determination to find a doctor to “fix her face”. I was thrilled to be able to meet her in person when she attended our 2008 camp session. We all fell in love with Bow and promised her we would help to find a doctor in the United States to perform her surgery.
Having Bow at camp was a joy and she entered each interaction with the other children with curiosity, love, compassion, empathy and openness. I am happy to report that we found the perfect place for Bow – The Craniofacial Center in Dallas, Texas, directed by Dr. Jeffrey A. Fearon, M.D. www.thecraniofacialcenter.org. Dr. Fearon has agreed to provide medical care for Bow and she will travel to Dallas directly after our camp session in August.”
“I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with Bow at camp. Although she spoke little English & I spoke no Thai, we bonded right away. I called her Cookie. "Why do you call me cookie?" she asked. " Because you are so sweet," I told her. She loved the answer and asked me to repeat it to everyone she met. I took her to the hospital to be evaluated by a plastic surgeon. When she finished her appointment, we entered a crowded waiting room. She went around the entire room and comforted the bandaged children who filled the room. "The Doctor will fix me and will fix you," she said over & over, receiving smiles, hugs, & kisses from each child to whom she spoke. She is a beautiful soul & I look forward to working to make her dream of a normal face a reality.”
“Bow entered my life in July of 2007 while we were filming my documentary, Tiny Tears. While filming, I developed a great friendship and concern for this little girl. What a special person. She has had so many obstacles in her life, but she still keeps smiling and laughing. Born with HIV, orphaned and abandoned is more than enough for one child to handle, but her facial deformities are her biggest obstacle to overcome. As stated in my film, the one thing Bow wants more than anything else is to, "look normal."
Now is the time for this surgery to happen. And it must happen. She deserves it. She wants this more than anything in the world. Especially now that she is a teenager and children in school are beginning to pick on her.
She is a very special girl. I hope we all can help.”
If you can make a donation to support Bow’s medical costs, please send a check made out to Camp Dreamcatcher to:
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On behalf of everybody at Camp Dreamcatcher, The Agape Home and Bow, we thank you for making her dream come true. We will keep you updated on our progress on this page.