9-year-old Elisabet travels from Honduras to receive care at Ronald McDonald House – CBS Philly

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – This Thursday, CBS3 will present our 12th annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Telethon. We call it “Give a little love” and we will raise money to help the four Ronald McDonald houses in the Philadelphia area.

The charity helps children like Elisabet, who, like thousands of children, come to this region to receive first-class medical care.

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Imagine having to travel to a foreign land, a place where customs are unknown and languages ​​are different, to get needed help.

Meet 9-year-old Elisabet Raudales, or as she likes to be called Ely.

“I dance regueton, I dance dembow and I dance punta,” Elisabet told CBS3 before showing off some of her impressive moves.

Like all 9-year-old girls, she lights up when she talks about the dance fights she often has with her little brother. The smiles continue as she lists all the new friends she has made in the Ronald McDonald house.

Elizabeth, along with her mother and grandmother, has traveled more than 2,000 miles from Tegucigalpa, Honduras to the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, New Jersey. This is where they have been living while Ely awaits her upcoming back surgery.

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“It’s been a challenge as a mother and for our family because of her condition, you have to pay attention every single day because she can easily break her bones at any time,” said mother Fanny Raudales.

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Elisabet was diagnosed with a severe form of osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as osteoporosis. Ely’s bones break or break easily. In her young life, doctor visits have become a constant.

“It’s hard because when I bump into things it hurts and I have to go to the doctor,” Elisabet said.

Despite her condition, Ely is a constant source of positive energy, her grandmother said proudly. She loves to dance and swim. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and is currently learning to speak Portuguese. With a height of only 3 feet, there is nothing small about Ely’s bright and gigantic personality.

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Ronald McDonald House opened its doors to Ely and her family last year. She has traveled back and forth when she receives treatments and other medical treatment not available to her in Honduras.

“My experience in this house is beautiful, because in this house we have everything we need,” Elisabet said, adding, “Like food, the laundry to wash the clothes, and we have a bed.”

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Our “Give a little love” telethon is this Thursday from kl. 06.00 to 20.00 right here on CBS3.


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