In Memory of Michael Ochoa

It’s with great sadness that we are requesting support for the Ochoa family. Michael, whose young life was taken away at the tender age of 14, fought a difficult battle against cancer and lost on Tuesday May 30th. Michael leaves behind a grieving mother and father, and two younger siblings, Sasha, and Carlos.

For the last 9 months, Michael has been in and out of the hospital, enduring treatment for cancer, while continuing to study and do his homework. He was a 7th grader this year at YES Prep West though he spent most of this academic year studying through homebound services from the hospital, and his family home. His instructor Karla spent many hours with him in his last months and played a huge role in supporting him through this difficult time. With a spirit of fun and a great sense of humor, Michael continued to do his very best, even as he physically suffered and experienced great pain.

Even in his last days, he was thinking of others, asking his mother to reassure his online gaming friends that he was not ignoring them in his time offline. One of his last wishes was to get into the swimming pool, which he was able to do, thanks to the support from his family and hospital staff. We should remember Michael for his generous spirit, his desire to make others smile, and his playful sense of humor.

His family, now in the wake of his death, carry a heavy burden of moving forward after having lost a precious child. In an effort to support them and alleviate some of their stress, we are hoping to raise $10,000 to assist the family with medical and funeral expenses. In a spirit of generosity, please contribute to this donation in whatever amount you can.

From his staff and teachers at YES Prep West, we thank you kindly.


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Laura Brinson 
Houston, TX
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