A Request for Help: Funding A Lifesaving Medical Journey from the Philippines to Kaoshung, Taiwan ROC


2016-12-07 By Ed Timperlake

Second Line of Defense has tried to make a direct difference to improve the lives of those in need.

Some of those cases are as follows:

Writing about The Vietnam Children’s Fund (http://www.vietnamchildren.org);

Sponsoring combat disabled Marines ability to ride the rapids through the Grand Canyon ( http://sldinfo.wpstage.net/honoring-marines-on-veterans-day-2013-remembering-wounded-warriors);

Support the laying of Christmas Wreath’s Across America ( www.sldinfo.com/echoes-from-history-in-a-veterans-cemetery-the-way-ahead-for-a-21st-century-american-military-force/).

Now We have an appeal for contributions to a very worthy effort this Christmas.

After we published the article written by Al Santoli, about his direct on the ground engagement with Philippine citizens, we were struck by the plights of 4 year old Brille Gonzales who needs to travel to Kaoshing Tawain Hospital for a life saving liver transplant.

Al wrote the story of Brille below and is making a direct appeal for donations.

In this holiday season we are trying to help and please note the procedure in USA medical centers of excellence can run to over half a million dollars.

This is Al Santoli, President Asia American Institute’s appeal:


Citizen diplomacy is built on shared values and trust between the people in allied countries, in a separate relationship apart from bilateral political maneuverings based in the capitols of each country.

In the central and southern province areas of the Philippines includes the province of Iloilo on Panay Island, where Asia America Initiative has had community-based programs dating back to the super storm Haiyan in 2013.

4 year old Brielle Gonzales is struggling to survive from a rare disease called Alagille Syndrome.

Her only hope for survival is to receive a liver transplant.

Her donor is her mother Lissette.

They must go to Kaoshiung , Taiwan, where the only hospital in the region with surgeons qualified to conduct this rare life-saving process are located.

We are humbly asking for your support.

Please help Brielle triumph against Alagille Syndrome (ALGS).

We still need $20,000 to cover the cost of surgery and follow-up care.

Please help little Brielle receive the gift of life this Holiday Season.

Send your tax deductible gift to Asia America Initiative at 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 or via credit card online to Asia America Initiative on  the web site of Global Giving [$1,200 of the $20,000 is asked for in the online appeal].