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Carencro family needs help to fund cataract surgery

6-year-old Iker Sandoval-Martinez's teachers set up a GoFundMe
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Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-17 23:53:27-04

CARENCRO, La. — A six-year-old student at Carencro Heights Elementary, Iker Sandoval-Martinez loves to read superhero books. But without help from others, he might not be able to do so for much longer.

He has cataracts.

Now, his family, teachers, and staff at his school put together a fundraising page to pay for his surgery.

His teacher, Iveth Belaire, tells KATC she saw him struggling to read and stepped into action.

“I noticed that he was squinting when he was reading, so then I asked the mom to take him to the doctor just for a check-up, and that’s when we found out he had problems with his eyesight," she said.

Iker's mother, Marisol Martinez, says she's worried about her child.

“It’s honestly very worrying and painful because he is so small," she tells KATC in Spanish. “They told me he needs the surgery because he will see less and less.”

They need $15,000 by June so Iker can get his surgery. As of April 17, they've raised $5,480.

Belaire says helping her students is second nature to her.

“When the kids come to my class, any kid, I feel like they’re mine," she said. "And when I found out he needed my help of course I’m going to try to do the best I can, they’re like my kids now.”

To help out Iker and donate, click here.

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