Cindy Obregon is 39 and has a rare form of cancer called Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma (EHE) that aﬀects one in a million people worldwide. She is Stage 4, and there is no known cure for the type of cancer that she has.
When Cindy found out she had this rare cancer, she chose to have a more invasive and costly procedure done to have the tumor removed and donated to research. Due to its rarity, there has been very little research done on this type of cancer, and it is one that aﬀects even the very young. Cindy wants to do her part to make a diﬀerence for the greater good. She grew up with strong values and a desire to make a difference. Her grandfather, Mr. Weldon Thomas, inspired her to live a life of service and always seek to help others in need.
In that vein, we are raising money to help Cindy and her family with mounting medical expenses and to help her accomplish her lifelong dream of honoring her grandfather. Cindy's grandfather was known as a family man with a huge heart and always gave back to the community. He proudly served during World War II as a forward-deployed Reconnaissance and Intelligence (I&R) and Soldier in the United States Army.
Cindy wants to honor her grandfather and his unit by walking in their footsteps and retracing their path through Europe. She will film the adventure and use it to help educate our youth so we may never forget the horrors so many Jewish people endured and the sacrifices our service members and Allies made during World War II.
Cindy's journey will begin on the beaches on Normandy where her grandfather and I&R platoon known as the "Thunderbolts" served under General George S. Patton's Third Army in the 11th Armored Division, 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion, Headquarters Company and she will follow their path to Ardennes, Belgium where the Battle of the Bulge and several near-by operations were fought. Cindy will then follow their way to the Austrian town of Mauthausen where on May 5th, 1945, her grandfather and his unit helped to liberate the concentration-extermination camp. The concentration camp was one of the first massive concentration camp complexes in Nazi Germany, and it is estimated the camp killed up to 320,000 inmates.
The 75th Anniversary of the liberation of that camp is next May of 2020. Cindy would like to be there for that Day of Remembrance to represent her grandfather and to stand with the people who will travel from all over the world to pay tribute. Cindy's documentary film will capture her trip and tell the story of the "Thunderbolts," honor their sacrifice, and to recognize the part they played in history. Cindy's grandfather and unit played a significant role in changing the lives of so many, and it is increasingly crucial for us to honor all of those young men and women who selflessly gave their lives to protect our freedom.
In support of Cindy's dream, all of the money being raised will help with travel, lodging, filming, and production costs, along with helping Cindy with her medical bills and expenses.