Julissa Alvarez

$5,864raised of $20,000 goal

Beneficiary: Ana Hernandez Organizer: Laura Borrero

I am writing to you to ask for your assistance for the Hernandez family. 

As a mother myself, it was with deep sadness when I learned that my dear friend was facing an unimaginable reality when her 12 year old daughter was urgently admitted to the hospital several weeks ago. Julissa is only 12 years old and was complaining of gastritis symptoms.  After seemingly endless exams, 3 biopsies and 25 days in the hospital Julissa was diagnosed with cardiac sarcoma; a rare malignant tumor in the heart.  This illness most often occurs in young adults and is not commonly found in young children like Julissa.

Julissa will begin inpatient chemotherapy on Friday, February 8thwhich will hopefully shrink the tumor in preparation for open heart surgery to remove the cancerous tumor.

Young Julissa has two little sisters, Lilly (10) and Abby (3).  Their mother, Ana (38), is a single mother struggling to keep her family together and hope alive.  Although consumed with indescribable pain and fear, Ana is struggling to be strong for her family, keep her employment for insurance purposes, manage the daily function of her household and be a mother to two other children who really need her. 

For Ana, this is a true test of being a mother.  I am asking for donations to help the Hernandez family with all the medical bills that will be incurred. Any financial help you can offer will be most gratefully appreciated. Most importantly, I am also asking that you remember the Hernandez family in your prayers to give them strength and that they may take comfort in the loving arms of God around them. 

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