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Dario's Fight Against Cancer

$11,370 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 127 people in 20 months
Created October 8, 2017
At 53 years old my Uncle Dario grew a large mass on the side of his neck. It began with a small bump and eventually grew tremendously -- and fast. So much that it had affected his normal eating habits, sleeping habits, and pained him to talk.  After several visits to the doctor and surgery to have it removed, samples of the mass were sent to a lab for further inspection. We were not expecting the results that followed.


My Uncle, father of 2 children (Pablo [14] and Ruben [24]), a husband, and a second father to me and my siblings was diagnosed with Stage IV Lymphoma Cancer. As an all-too-common story for many, it was the worst nightmare imaginable and the course of our family's lives was instantly changed. 


Dario has kept a positive attitude -- he seems to be the most postive out of all of us -- and chose to relentlessly fight back. He was advised to meet with an oncologist and in the following weeks will begin receiving extensive chemotherapy and radiation. My Uncle has an immense support system filled with friends and family constantly offering their help, and that has no monetary value. He has all intentions of beating this, will accept any form of treatment advised to him, but ultimately cancer can quickly drive you to emotional and physical bankruptcy. 

As a floor installer, his means of making a living requires a physical toll. Because of the aggressive treatment he will be receiving and the pain, he will not be able to work. His job does not have any company benefits, paid time off, or disability meaning that he will be receiving no wages. My Aunt Maria, his wife of 26 years and counting, makes a living off of house maintenance. His oldest son, my cousin Ruben, has a part-time job with the company Apple and is currently working towards an MS in Bioinformatics. 


While both have already made adjustments and have taken up more shifts, help is still needed -- and a lot of it -- from people like you. And while we are optimistic about his treatment and care (and God-willing, a cure), his greatest concern is the ability to provide for his family while battling this aggressive, and unbelievably costly, cancer. As many know, there is no time to waste with such an aggressive form of cancer. 

Nobody likes to ask for help, and it isn't easy to admit that this is a reality, but it's really what we need. We are asking for donations of any kind that will allow him to continue fighting hard. Any and every dollar we receive will go towards paying medical bills, treatments that won't be covered by insurance,  any other unexpected expenses that are to come, and even basic needs like groceries and house bills. Every little bit counts so please feel free to share. We will never be able to physically repay everyone for their help, but we do feel the support and all of the positive energy, and want to thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts -- it means the world and more.
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$11,370 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 127 people in 20 months
Created October 8, 2017
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$40
Irene Mejia
18 months ago
$30
Dario Zapata
18 months ago
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$50
Maria E. Padilla
18 months ago
OA
$50
Olivia Azevedo
18 months ago
AM
$161
Alyssa Murphy
18 months ago
GG
$100
Gustavo & Dora Ladron de Guevara
19 months ago
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$100
Angela Sossa
19 months ago
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$30
Vanessa Zapata
19 months ago
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