Love and Support for Lupe
Organized by: Paige and David Chase
Lupe Aguado is a hardworking, dependable and loyal co-worker and friend who is facing something no one should have to face at this point in his life. Lupe and Cynthia are the loving parents of Isaac (5 years old) and Lesly (4 months). When Cynthia was 6 months pregnant with Lesly, Cynthia began having seizures. A scan revealed that Cynthia had a tumor on her brain and it was determined that the tumor would be removed after Lesly’s birth. On June 1, 2015 doctors were able to remove 95% of Cynthia's tumor, but the 5% that remained was diagnosed as Stage 4 brain cancer. The prognosis for Cynthia is grave and even with very aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, doctors anticipate only extending her life an additional 7 months. Lupe is now facing life without his wife, and Isaac and Lesly’s mother.
The side effects of brain cancer are wide-spread and varied. Cynthia is definitely not herself. Because of the location of the cancer, Cynthia has short term memory loss, confusion, personality changes and depression. She experiences bouts of aggressive behavior that has caused her to turn on both Lupe and her children. Her unpredictable and angry behavior frightens Isaac and is dangerous for both Isaac and Lesly, so they can no longer live in the family home. Isaac is currently living with Cynthia's mother, and Cynthia's aunt cares for Lesly full-time so Lupe can continue to work.
Lupe comes home to care for Cynthia after working a full day of construction, and because the kids cannot be around Cynthia, Lupe often goes for days without seeing his children. He misses his children terribly, yet his concern right now is to support and care for his wife. Isaac is old enough to realize that his mother is not the same person he knows, but doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation. Lupe is trying to be the best husband he can be for Cynthia and the best father he can be for his kids, but it’s incredibly stressful.
Two weeks ago, Cynthia made the decision to discontinue her treatment and let the cancer take its much shorter course. She is currently receiving hospice care. Lupe now has to face planning his wife’s funeral, life without Cynthia, and raising his children without their mother.
We ask that you please help support Lupe and Cynthia's family. The medical bills associated with a cancer diagnosis are staggering; the surgery, hospitalization, treatment and hospice care, as well as imminent funeral costs. Our hope is we are able to raise extra funds that Lupe can use to allow him to take some time off work to grieve after his wife’s death and to be with his children without the worry of getting back to work because of concern for mounting bills; and so that when he does return to work, he can have extra help with the continued expenses of raising two young children.
Any gift is welcomed and would be greatly appreciated.
We thank you on behalf of Lupe and his family for your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dave or Paige Chase.