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This Single Mother of Three, Suffering From Vitiligo, Lupus and an Eye Disease, Needs Our Help

The Gleaner

Kenora Swaby, a single mother of three suffering from vitiligo, lupus and an eye disease, needs our help. We have helped to aid many persons in need over the years, and we must continue to do the same for others, especially people like Kenora. Swaby, a resident of the Sevens Road community in Clarendon, can’t even think of back to school right now because she’s struggling just to feed her kids — their father died — and buy her much-needed medication.


“It’s really, really hard. Sometimes I look in their eyes when they tell me that they are hungry, and I know I don’t have anything to give them. It pains my heart, and I just have to cry,” she told Rural Xpress. “I am not looking for handout. If I could get help to even set up a stall at my home, or some indoor job, where I don’t have to deal with the sun, it would help. Please, please, I am just appealing to any agencies, any kind-hearted person, anyone who can help me to help myself and my children,” she pleaded.

Doctors ordered Swaby to quit working in the May Pen Market, which was her only source of earning to support her children. “The doctors have stopped me from working in the market as they say I cannot be exposed to the sun,” she said. She has been admitted at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) far too many times — the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon cannot treat her. Think of all that travelling cost. Things got worse, she’s no longer allowed to continue her treatment at UHWI because she owes them more than $100,000. Her relatives have their own challenges with their children, but sometimes help out in giving them food.

Since this news broke on Thursday, many people on social media have been asking how can they help. Eager to help, Khristina Rose has set up a (GoFundMe) campaign to provide financial aid to help eliminate Kenora’s struggles and to help build a stall so she may resume working at the market in ample shade from the sun to support her children independently. Click here to donate her GoFundMe  campaign. Swaby can be reached at 477-8794.