Familia Chapa Flores

Organized by: BRANDI LAMBERT

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THE STORY:

Life can change drastically from one day to the next. Our family didn’t know how true that expression was until March 2014. Our father (61) was being treated for early-onset Alzheimer’s since 2012. This February we noticed signs that his dementia was progressing more rapidly than it had before. Tests found a tumor in his kidney that had gone undetected long enough to spread to his lungs and brain.The same week we found out about my father’s condition, our mom (56) started complaining of abdominal pain. Initially the doctors thought it was gallstones, and when they ran further tests, they determined she had a growth in her pancreas. When the pathology report came back it was confirmed to be a carcinoma. Fortunately, her cancer hasn’t shown signs of metastasizing yet.Due to the nature of my father’s dementia, his business started to suffer a few years ago, and he eventually had to close its doors for good. As his health worsened, he became unable to work all together. Long story short: we are in a very difficult financial situation, and looking at estimated cost of care of around $300,000 – $400,000 (at least) for each of them. To make matters worse, their status as recent U.S. immigrants has made it nearly impossible for them to qualify for financial assistance, and our attempt to get them health insurance has not yielded any results. As you can imagine, dealing with one parent with cancer is hard enough, but dealing with both parents simultaneously has been a devastating blow to our family.When our friends, family and coworkers asked us how they could help, we decided to set up this page in order to facilitate donations. We are trying everything we can to give them the quality of care they deserve, and don’t have a firm grasp on how much we are going to need to provide that yet. For now, we want to focus your donations on relocation and treatment expenses.We thank you for your generosity and support, and hope you will share our cause with your friends, family and coworkers.“La vida puede cambiar drásticamente de un di apara otro.” Nuestra familia aprendió el verdadero significado de esa expresión Marzo del 2014. Nuestro padre (61) fue diagnosticado con Alzhéimer desde el 2012. Este febrero nos dimos cuenta que los síntomas de su demencia estaban progresando mas rápido de lo normal. Se le hicieron pruebas que revelaron un tumor en su riñón con metástasis en un pulmón y el cerebro.Lamisma semana que nos enteramos del diagnostico de nuestro padre, nuestra madre (56) comenzó a sentir punzadas de dolor en el abdomen. Inicialmente los doctores pensaron que se debía a piedras en su vesícula, y al hacer mas estudios se determino que tenia un crecimiento en su páncreas. Cuando recibimos el reporte de patología, nos informaron que tenia un carcinoma. Afortunadamente su cáncer aun no se ha metatizado. En estos últimos años a causa de su enfermedad, mi padre ha batallado mucho para mantener su negocio, cuando empeoro su condición tuvo que cerrar las puertas del negocio que nos ha mantenido a lo largo de nuestras vidas. En pocas palabras: nuestra familia se encuentra en una situación económica muy complicada. Es difícil descubrir que uno de tus padres tiene cáncer, pero tener que recibir la noticia que ambos estén enfermos al mismo tiempo fue un golpe devastador.Cuando nuestros familiares, amigos, y conocidos nos empezaron a preguntar como podían ayudar decidimos abrir esta cuenta; no solo con el fin de recaudar fondos, pero también para mantenerlos informados, recibir y mandar mensajes de apoyo y oraciones, y sobre todo para utilizar la fuerza de nuestra comunidad para apoyarnos. Nuestra meta es obtener el mejor cuidado medico para nuestros padres.Les agradecemos su apoyo y generosidad, y pedimos que compartan nuestra causa con sus seres queridos, y nos mantengan en sus oraciones.

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BRANDI LAMBERT

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