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Marcelo Castro relishes the love and well wishes as he greets everyone at his recent 40th birthday drive-by celebration. It was a beautiful day the first Saturday of February. Marcelo’s birthday wasn’t until the 11th, but it was a good thing we celebrated it early, because the next weekend and since then, the weather has been something for the history books. His mom and sister had planned a drive-by celebration for him since we are still in this pandemic and discouraged from having large family gatherings. It was supposed to be a surprise for him but they had him sitting in the front yard close to the street. So we drove by waving and shouting “happy birthday” to him. They had prepared snacks and drinks, which they handed to us. I was with Lia. We both had a card for him. How I wished I could have gotten out and hugged him tightly.
How great is our God! This was the child who doctors had said would not live past the age of 2.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Marcelo’s story, he was born with smaller than normal kidneys. He has a long history of surgeries and hospital stays. He had his first transplant at the age of 7, the first for University Hospital in San Antonio. He was able to attend Head Start, where I worked, then public school, and even graduated from high school. He worked at Walmart for a while after he had transplants. But eventually he had to go back on dialysis.
Marcelo Matthew Castro He has lived with his dad at times, but eventually went to live with his mom permanently so he could be close to his dialysis treatments.
So here he is, celebrating his 40th birthday! God is good! All the time! Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.