There are certain seminal moments in life.
I was at a youth swim meet at the
El Paso Tennis Club pool a decade ago standing by a mom whose kid had just lost First Place by a fingertip and the kid asked,
“Did I lose mom”?
To which the mom replied,
“You never lose my wonderful Fraysito, you either win or you learn.”
I became good friends with this amazing woman from that moment on.
Her name is Blanca Gaspar de Alba and those who have been so fortunate to be part of her life, know she is a saint on earth.
Initially diagnosed with Stage IV Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in January 2007 while working on her Masters In Education, our uber- courageous friend at that point withdrew from UT El Paso to kick cancer’s ass, and in point of fact, she did!
“It’s going to take a heckeva lot more than an invasive cancerous carcinoma to slow Blanca down”,
said her life long friend Patti Baca.
She returned in the fall of 2007 to complete her Master’s degree and went on to become a game changing 1st grade teacher at EPISD’s Logan Elementary - she was recently awarded Logan’s Teacher of the Year.
Blanca was in Remission for 7 yrs but the. Cancer returned.
She was diagnosed with bone metastasis in 2014.
In 2016 she was diagnosed with liver metastasis and her CT scan just last month in December 2017 show her illness continuing to progress.
She is on her last FDA approved treatment and her highly regarded oncologist has recommended we try an Alternative Solution.
Blanca is “all in” and her friends are
“all in” and her extraordinary kids agree!
Her daughter Bianca Nunez ( a scholarship student athlete softball player out of El Paso High) is now studying to be a master sommelier in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Blanca’s son Fray Nunez (a former star Mini Dribbler in his Mesita years) is now a star student, swimmer and volleyball junkie, and junior at El Paso high.
Toward that end, we ask you all for a contribution to reach our goal of $8,000 which is needed to pay for out of pocket expenses as she undergoes alternative treatment. I will share more about this cutting edge treatment and medicine as we go on and fight the battle with Blanca together.
We have set up a medical expense account with a trustee at the West Star Bank and all the philanthropic funds you gift will go right from the GoFundMe Page to that West Star Account.
Please consider a gift of any amount,
10, 50, 100, or $8,000.
What we want for Blanca to see is the great # of people who want to help - that’ll get our friend fired up and can inspire and heal.
Thank you everyone. Let’s do this.
Call or text [phone redacted] with any question or ideas.
“In spite of Blanca’s illness, she never failed to be there for her children; with a positive attitude and always a smile on her face.” childhood buddy Patti Baca
Blanca Gaspar de Alba with son Fray
“She was voted teacher of the year and she is the Mom of the Year as well.”
buddy Christy Rago
The Cancer Busters! Led by Blanca Gaspar de Alba
Blanca with son Fray
Blanca’s favorite is Nelson Mendela
who, said Blanca, after being jailed for 25 years unjustly, still believed in humanity and humility and believed that education cures all. Sounds like Blanca!
We got your back Blanca!
￼”Through this battle with cancer, she is so amazing and strong, still giving her all in the classroom. Blanca makes every decision in life for the benefit of her family, friends and her students first, herself second.”
Friend Ann Lauterbach
￼Our courageous hero Blanca with son Fray, a terrific young man and honor student at El Paso High.
Blanca was also recently awarded “Most beautiful smile in El Paso.”