I have never set up a GoFundMe page before but this family means so much to me and I have to do what I can to try and help them. Two weeks before Christmas, Elmer Vasquez was working on a Sunday to make some extra money for his family. He was working on some tree work and the arm of the machine broke and he fell to the ground from very high up. He was taken away to Shock trauma where he has been ever since. He was in a coma for the first 10 days but luckily has come out of it. However, he has a very long road ahead of him. He may have brain damage, loss of hearing in one ear, broken vertebras and had been on a ventilator for three weeks. He is going to be in the hospital for at least 6 more months and perhaps years before he can be closer back to normal.
I would like to share some background on this family and why I am asking for your help. Blanca (Elmer's wife) is like a daughter to me. She came into my life about 15 years ago and from the second I met her, I knew she was special. I was a single mom and wanted to have some help in my house. I had the space so I offered Blanca a place to live for exchange for some help with the housework. Blanca and her mom moved into my house and became like family. I remember when she first met Elmer. He loved Blanca from the moment he met her (how could you not?). She would ask me about what I thought about him and we would talk about what is important in finding a partner to live your life with. Elmer has all the qualities we all look for in a partner. He is honest, hard working (works a full time job and almost every weekend a part time job), does not drink or do drugs, amazing father, brother, uncle, friend, and human being. After a few years of dating, they got married! Blanca wore my wedding dress and we helped her with the reception planning. Once she got married, she moved out and into the house with Elmer. They have two beautiful children; Stephen and Elida.
There have been so many times I needed help and Elmer came to my rescue. He never hesitated for even a second, he just showed up. One time last year a tree had fallen on my driveway and I needed someone to chainsaw it to get it off so I could leave the house. He showed up! I needed my deck repaired and he and his brother Jose came and worked all weekend to make sure it was safe.
Their extended family are all the most loving, honest people you could meet. They exude the meaning of family and it goes beyond being blood related. I remember when Blanca's mom was in hospice a few years ago before passing. The hallways were filled with dozens of "relatives" and Gilchrest nurses told me they were amazed how many people showed up to support Blanca and her family. It did not surprise me because nothing comes before family for them. That is why I am asking for help.
Blanca will need help while they focus on helping Elmer with his recovery. The hospital bills at Shock Trauma are going to be in the hundreds of thousands and since Elmer fell during a part time job, his long time employer is not responsible for the bills. They live a simple life and don't ask for much. Blanca needs money to pay the mortgage, food and utilities. If everyone I know just contributes $5 to $10, we can raise enough to keep them going for the next 6 months.
Please help Blanca and her children be able to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. They are good, honest, hard working people and just need a helping hand.
Thank you for giving to them and also keep them in your prayers. We need all the help we can get.
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