Help Benito Fight Cancer

Hi everyone!

I would like you to meet my dad, Benito. He has been the best father anyone can ask for and has taken care of his family extremely well. Our immediate family consists of my dad, my mom (Olivia), my 13 year old sister (Natalie), my sister Janette and myself.

My dad was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor in July 2013. It's a stage 4 malignant tumor and is considered to be one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumors. Initially, he went under the knife and had as much of the fast-growing tumor removed as possible. Radiation and chemotherapy were initiated immediately and after a 6 weeks, an MRI was taken to check on progress. Unfortunately, the tumor managed to grow during these 6 weeks and a second surgery was required due to increased brain swelling and pressure, which were causing my dad problems.

Despite a successful second surgery, my dad continues to have many complications; his body is losing the ability to heal itself and fight infections. Medications are taking a toll on his body and he has gone back to the hospital multiple times due to increased brain pressure. Currently, he is on a second round of chemotherapy and awaits a doctor's appointment to discuss further options. Fortunately, my dad responds really well to a specific type of steroid but it's extremely damaging to his body and EXPENSIVE. For now, we will take what we can since this pill allows for him to speak and walk much better than without it.

This has been a very strenuous and hard time for our entire family but I truly feel bad for my mom...she has to live it everyday and is struggling to get by financially. My mom, Olivia, has exhausted all of her time off from work and since my dad isn't working right now,it is creating extreme financial problems for them. Not only are medical bills and medication costs stacking up, but everyday bills are starting to become impossible.

My dad is a very hard-working and humble man. He taught me a lot in life and I miss his old self but this is the card we have been dealt and now we must try and make ends meet so that he can continue to fight against this illness. His medication is very expensive and he requires many doctor visits, with each one requiring another co-pay. Thereare just SO MANY costs that go into living with an illness like this that our family needs your help.



My mom and dad

I'm putting this page together for my mom and dad in order to help pay for my dad's medical expenses, medication and bills. We want to be able to make the best out of the time we haveleft with my dad and could use your help to take care of costs during this difficult time.

We want to thank every single person who donates and shares this page ahead of time. Without you, Benito's road to fight cancer would be a little tougher. Whether it's a $5 donation or just sharing this page, we appreciate it very much. We set a pretty ambitious goal but honestly, it's only going to create a small dent in what we face in expenses. However, it will help get by for now. For this reason, we hope to leave this page open as long as Benito is stillwith us so we can continue to put your donations towards caring for him. 100% of the proceeds will go towards my dad and his fight against cancer.

In the upcoming months, I plan on going out and participating in multiple different types of events to generate further donations. For example, I'll be running a half marathon at the end of January and will send out reminders to everyone so that you can donate to this page while I go out and run in his honor. These events and reminders will hopefully assist in sharing Benito's story and be a reminder to please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. If you're a business owner, I'm open to representing your company name in these events in exchange for a donation to this page. Please contact me to further discuss any of these options.

If you would like regular updates on how my dad is doing, please contact me and I would be more than happy to keep you up to date.

CHRISTMAS EVE 12/24/13 - OUR FAMILY




LOVE YOU ALL AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

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    • $200 
    • 70 mos
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    • $100 
    • 72 mos
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    • 72 mos
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Organizer

Jose Gonzalez 
Organizer
Mission Viejo, CA
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