By Tanya Moreno, Desi Strong Foundation
Meet four-year-old Isaiah. He has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer for over a year now. He loves his Marvel Comics superheroes, especially The Hulk! Isaiah is a rock star super hero himself, dealing with health issues, medicines and treatments that no child should have to endure. Isaiah loves to dance and is up for a good game of Hide-n-Go Seek anytime. He is a special kid because he comes from a special mother.
His mother, Maria, is a single mother of six children all living at home. Maria has four biological children of her own and has taken in her niece and nephew as well. Maria is a humble, yet proud woman that loves deeply and is the first to help those in need. She has endured this journey by herself for far too long. Asking for help is difficult for any of us, and Maria can tell you that first hand. She didn’t want to be a burden on anybody, therefore she faced cancer head on while raising her children and making sure Isaiah had all his needs met. Imagine being on that journey alone. It is incredibly frightening. Maria continued working when she could, but she refused to leave her baby, Isaiah’s side when he had to go through his treatments. She had to take a lot of time off of work. She soon fell behind on her bills and mortgage.
At the end of March, Maria faces foreclosure of her home. Cancer did this. The Desi Strong Foundation got word of this and has rallied the community to support this family. Cancer takes a toll on families physically, financially, mentally and emotionally. We all need help in life, and cancer is a journey that no child or family should fight alone.
Please join us for a night of live music and fun at Big Rock Pub, Monday night from 6 pm until 10 pm. Voluntary donations will be taken at the door and great raffle prizes will be given away. Come dressed as your favorite super hero or wear your favorite super hero t-shirt. There is so much love and support in the Coachella Valley, and we can all learn something from Maria and Isaiah.