Yanet Alvarez College Fund

$18,836 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 386 people in 50 months
My name is Sgt Chris Cognac, I am a police officer in Hawthorne California. I am doing everything I can to help a very smart and amazing young woman name Yanet Alvarez make it through college at UC Berkeley . She has made all the right choices in life and worked so hard to get where she is in spite of everything against her. All proceeds from this fund will go to her expenses, books, fee's, clothing etc . She dreams of becoming a Doctor and I want to do everything I can to help her achieve that dream. I am not related to her in any way, she is just an amazing young lady who deserves a fighting chance! I wrote a story about meeting her by chance while working. It's called "the cop and the motel kid" which was featured in the Huffington Post. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-cognac/the-cop-and-the-motel-kid_b_5831414.html?1410896356

Thanks a bunch for investing in this young girls future.

Chris Cognac
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The Yanet Alvarez college fund is now closed. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. I am in tears now, amazed at the generosity from so many people. To the skinny little girl in pajamas that answered the door at the motel, this is my gift to you. I love you so much and I am so proud of you, now you don't have to worry about money anymore. I can't wait to call you Doctor Yanet Alvarez!
Thank you all #dreamscometrue!
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A final message from Yanet, I will be turning the donations off Monday morning.

"Today is the last day for the fund. I just wanted to thank everyone for all of their contributions. This was a really big deal for me, having everyone hear my story. I am so glad that it inspired so many of you, the responses I got were unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who sees potential in me, gave me words of encouragement and made this all worth while. This was definitely an experience and I am so happy that you all decided to join me on this. You all have made a huge impact on me, and I genuinely wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart."
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Here is a letter to everyone from Yanet

""I just want to thank everyone who has been inspired by all of this. I never expected this story to touch so many people. All of your comments have made my day and have me so much more motivation. If there any funds left over, I plan on donating them. Again, thank you all for your contributions. This is all a dream come true. Thank you for wanting to take this journey with me."
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I sent Yanet a bunch of comments people have left on this site after donating, she said she could not believe it and that it made her so happy. I have told her not to look at this page so she is surprised when we let her know what we have all done together!
Yanet saying goodbye to Chief Fager
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Holly Irvin
50 months ago
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I love that you reached your goal! But why stop at $20,000? I don't know much about it, but I read that college is about that much per year now.

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Tina Rubio
50 months ago

Hi Chris, Such a beautiful story .. i personally know Yanet and i totally agree with you how she is as young girl ...inspite of her challenges in life. Your story brought me to tears last night but grateful to know that she is getting the help she needs. She is one of my son's friend and She's one really close to my heart. Thank you for helping her ;) God bless you!!!! Please give my love to her :)

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Vicki Meyers
50 months ago

Fantastic! :-)

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Taylor Bryann
50 months ago

Glad you are being courageous and doing this for Yanet. God Bless.

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Taylor Bryann
50 months ago

/Taylorbryann

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Melissa Crutchley
50 months ago

donated 20.00 got charged 3 times for 20.00!!!!

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Philip OnFire
50 months ago

your story is an inspiration best wishes for your medical career and a life of joy.

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Vicki Meyers
50 months ago

I wish you all the best, Yanet. You are an inspiration to us all, and I know you will go far and attain your dreams! Much love!

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Olga Verba
50 months ago

College is very expensive and 4 years of BA and then if she goes to medical school will cost a lot more than $20.000. I think whatever money you may have over the budget, should still remain in her college fund and be spent on college expenses only (and further on her medical school). She sounds like an amazing girl.There are many more people like her who never get the opportunity in life. I am very glad you were able to recognize her potential and to help her out. There is a saying in Eastern Europe that goes something like "Talents require help and Dullards make it through on their own" . Keep on helping deserving people, officer!

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Liz Murray
50 months ago

You guys and your story really would make a great film. And take that from someone who had a lifetime film made about them (me): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJu_C3Eh-ds

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Liz Murray
50 months ago

They should make a movie about this beautiful friendship!

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Tau Lang
50 months ago

Hi! Please help for Messi dog ACL surgery. /jormis

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Julie Espinosa
50 months ago

Yanet, you can do it. You have angels watching over you all over and of course your biggest supporter Chris. Your story made me cry and hope you do all you set out to do!! Good luck you beautiful brave girl!!

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Don Swain
50 months ago

Done. Do well.

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Vivian Wolf
50 months ago

I am so inspired by both Sgt. Chris and Yanet. Berkeley is a great place to be! (I grew up there.) Yanet is an amazing young woman.

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Katie Heflin
50 months ago

This story is so touching! I am proud of you and Yanet for making beautiful things happen! 12k in 3 days!!!! You are blessed

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Lindsay Effler
50 months ago

Chris, This is such an amazing thing you are doing. What an inspiring story. Best of luck reaching your goal. Lindsay M Effler

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Brent Obillo
50 months ago

God bless you guys! Good luck! You make us proud!

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james dunn
50 months ago

Good luck wishing you the very best

Holly Irvin
50 months ago
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I love that you reached your goal! But why stop at $20,000? I don't know much about it, but I read that college is about that much per year now.

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Tina Rubio
50 months ago

Hi Chris, Such a beautiful story .. i personally know Yanet and i totally agree with you how she is as young girl ...inspite of her challenges in life. Your story brought me to tears last night but grateful to know that she is getting the help she needs. She is one of my son's friend and She's one really close to my heart. Thank you for helping her ;) God bless you!!!! Please give my love to her :)

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Vicki Meyers
50 months ago

Fantastic! :-)

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Taylor Bryann
50 months ago

Glad you are being courageous and doing this for Yanet. God Bless.

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Taylor Bryann
50 months ago

/Taylorbryann

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Melissa Crutchley
50 months ago

donated 20.00 got charged 3 times for 20.00!!!!

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Philip OnFire
50 months ago

your story is an inspiration best wishes for your medical career and a life of joy.

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Vicki Meyers
50 months ago

I wish you all the best, Yanet. You are an inspiration to us all, and I know you will go far and attain your dreams! Much love!

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Olga Verba
50 months ago

College is very expensive and 4 years of BA and then if she goes to medical school will cost a lot more than $20.000. I think whatever money you may have over the budget, should still remain in her college fund and be spent on college expenses only (and further on her medical school). She sounds like an amazing girl.There are many more people like her who never get the opportunity in life. I am very glad you were able to recognize her potential and to help her out. There is a saying in Eastern Europe that goes something like "Talents require help and Dullards make it through on their own" . Keep on helping deserving people, officer!

+ Read More
Liz Murray
50 months ago

You guys and your story really would make a great film. And take that from someone who had a lifetime film made about them (me): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJu_C3Eh-ds

+ Read More
Liz Murray
50 months ago

They should make a movie about this beautiful friendship!

+ Read More
Tau Lang
50 months ago

Hi! Please help for Messi dog ACL surgery. /jormis

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Julie Espinosa
50 months ago

Yanet, you can do it. You have angels watching over you all over and of course your biggest supporter Chris. Your story made me cry and hope you do all you set out to do!! Good luck you beautiful brave girl!!

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Don Swain
50 months ago

Done. Do well.

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Vivian Wolf
50 months ago

I am so inspired by both Sgt. Chris and Yanet. Berkeley is a great place to be! (I grew up there.) Yanet is an amazing young woman.

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Katie Heflin
50 months ago

This story is so touching! I am proud of you and Yanet for making beautiful things happen! 12k in 3 days!!!! You are blessed

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Lindsay Effler
50 months ago

Chris, This is such an amazing thing you are doing. What an inspiring story. Best of luck reaching your goal. Lindsay M Effler

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