Jorge Mariscal Gets Great News!

Jorge Mariscal is a member of one of our Immigrant Welcoming Congregations: La Iglesia Unida de Berwyn UCC.  An active leader in the church, he is also engaged in raising funds for his own kidney transplant operation.  Diagnosed with kidney failure at age 17, he is ineligible for public health insurance due to his immigration status.  He is surviving on dialysis three times per week now, but his dream is to have a kidney transplant.

After a 21-day hunger strike by Jorge's mother and others at Our Lady of Guadalupe Justice Mission, Jorge received a commitment from Loyola University Medical Center to help him.

We are very hopeful that this will be the answer to many prayers for Jorge.  However, we need to make sure that all immigrants have access to critical care.  Five area hospitals have recently agreed to join a round table convened by Dr. David Ansell of Rush University Medical Center in order to share responsibility for caring for the undocumented population: Rush Medical Center, Advocate Christ Hospital, UIC Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, and Northwestern Memorial Medical Center.

Can you host Jorge for a presentation at your congregation or community group?  Jorge speaks English perfectly and is a very inspiring presenter.  His story sheds light not just on his own struggle, but on the nexus of two systems in our country which sorely need attention: health care and immigration.  Jorge's story is the story of everyone who has struggled to affirm life and health even against great odds.

For more information, contact Sara Wohlleb, Congregational Coordinator of the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition at 773-293-3680 or

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