Manny was born on November 17, 2006. His father was serving in Iraq. His mother, Joan, hoped his birth marked a new beginning for their family. Since moving into their military housing six months earlier, Joan had been plagued with vision problems, and her older children complained of leg cramps, headaches, and abdominal pain. Joan requested permission to relocate after the home showed signs of water damage. Leaky faucets, sewage backup, stained carpet, and other issues plagued the home. Joan's requests were repeatedly denied.
Manny died suddenly on New Year's Day, 2007. Cause of death undetermined. Today Joan knows that internal bleeding in his lungs, brain, and heart, along with congested lungs, were signs of mold toxicity. Joan is coming forward with Manny's story, which we will publish on January 1, 2012, the fifth anniversary of Manny's death. On this 17th day of November, Joan has requested that candles be lit in remembrance of Manny and countless others who have lost their lives to toxic mold.