I am writing to you because something has been weighing on my heart. . . .The Rojas family, Selina, Victor, Angelina, Izzy, Joseph, and Leilani. Most of you have probably heard these names recently, maybe you know Angelina from the preschool, or you have seen Leilani’s picture up on our wall, or maybe its been in a prayer from your little one as we continue to lift this family up. They belong to this preschool family, they belong to our church family, and more importantly they are part of God’s family.
Leilani was diagnosed with cancer awhile back. She fought a fight most don’t win, she beat cancer. Just when we thought it was all done and over with, a new cancer was found. Devastating, I know. We were all rejoicing in what God had done in their lives, an answer to many prayers, a life renewed, and then it seemed to be ripped out of our hands. But God wasn’t done with her story. He used this little one to bring her father Victor, a man who didn’t know Christ, in his darkest hours of suffering and sadness, to become a follower of the one true God. God also spoke to Leilani’s heart and she accepted Christ. To think a child at that young can hear truth that some adults never know.
This little preschool and our church family has come alongside this family since the day Leilani was diagnosed with cancer. God has used His people to bear the burden this family has carried, to pray when they no longer had words to offer, to provide meals for the family, among many other things. I have watched God’s people move in a way only He can facilitate.
Just recently the family was told that it is very close to the end of Leilani’s time here on Earth, God is calling her home. I cannot begin to comprehend this as a mother. I was at a loss of words. My prayers became wordless cries. My heart is beyond heavy. I know she will be going to a place of no more pain and suffering, to no more cancer, to no more Chemo treatments to be with her Maker. The hurt is still real.
They are beginning to make plans for Leilani when the time comes and with that comes a large financial burden. Something as a parent you never think to plan for your little one. It has been on my heart to help, some way, some how to ease this burden even a little. I am going to begin a collection. This is completely voluntary, by no means do you have to take part in this but I wanted to open this up to not only the preschool here but the church too. We began this process as a family, God’s family, and we will see it to its completion that way.
If you feel lead, please donate to help this sweet family on this link provided.
Or if you would like to participate I will be leaving an envelope in the preschool office for the next two weeks or so. Feel free to let anyone in the office know and they will get it in there for you. If you have questions about this feel free to email or text me. Thank you in advance.
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