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She is know as a loving, passionate, generous, optimistic, beautiful woman of God. For an amazing woman, who inspires with all her heart...

In August of 2011, Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer. Doctors required immediate removal of her left breast and recommended starting chemotherapy as soon as possible. With no disability leave from her job, Barbara has no income during the months she is unable to work. Insurance doesn't cover all medical expenses, therefore, she is in need of help.

Barbara was married on November 14, 1981 to Jorge Hernandez. Together, they had two amazing sons, Sergio ('83) and Robert ('87). They moved from their hometown Hayward, California to Salida, California in 1989 where they raised their boys in their newly built home.

After high school graduation in 2001, her eldest son Sergio at the age of 18 was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. Sergio was treated at UCSF, therefore, Barbara and Jorge spent the next seven years driving back and forth from Salida to San Francisco for their son's medical needs. Doctors told Sergio he only had a few years in him, but he amazed everyone by putting up a seven year battle.

On July 11, 2008, Sergio at the young age of 24, ended his battle with cancer and was sent to heaven where he now watches over his family and friends. With heavy hearts, Barbara and Jorge did as their son wished, to carry on with their lives as best as they could.

On April 25, 2009, her youngest son Robert was married to Areli. A year and a half later, on October 14, 2010, they gave birth to Barbara and Jorge's first grandchild, Eric Sergio Hernandez. Their grandson helped fill their hearts with joy after losing Sergio.

Barbara's life began to feel whole again, but when her grandson was only two months old, Jorge, in January 2011, for unknown reasons, decided to leave his wife and family. With the loss of her father (2007), her son ('08), her mother ('09), and with abandonment of her husband, Barbara was left with more heartache and financial burdens than any human being can handle.

She spent the next seven months trying to move on with her head high, full of optimism, her passion for life and the support of her friends and family. But once again, when things were beginning to turn for the best, another bump in the road came in the form of her cancer.

Barbara looks to her son Sergio as inspiration to continue to fight.
"If Sergio can battle for as long as he did, then I can too."

Barbara always put others first and gave to so many, and now for the first time ever she is asking for our help.

Please help my mom in this time of need with any donation. All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated!

***If you would like to send a donation in the form of a check or money order, please write the check in the name of "Barbara Hernandez".

Send to:
Hernandez Family
5224 Avante Ln.
Salida, CA 95368

With Love and Appreciation,
Robert & Areli
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