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The family and friends of Mary “Resa” Castaneda are uniting to raise money to help with her battle against cancer.


The family and friends of Mary “Resa” Castaneda are joining together to help Resa in her “Battle to Survive Cancer” and to assist her in raising funds for her continued medical costs and related expenses, which are not covered by her medical insurance.

Resa was diagnosed in July of 2011 with Stage 3 tongue and throat cancer. At that time, her doctors told her that the treatment plan was to have surgery to remove part of her tongue and lymph nodes in the left side of her neck. She was to receive radiation and chemotherapy simultaneously. Resa underwent the surgery and completed the rigorous radiation and chemotherapy in December. After the treatment, she was beat physically but her mood and spirit has always stayed positive. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago she wasn’t feeling well and she was having some difficulty standing. She went to visit the doctor and was told that the cancer had returned and was spreading, and that a tumor was hitting a nerve near her eye causing it to shut. The doctors told her that they couldn’t do any more surgery, radiation or chemotherapy at this time. Instead, the doctors recommended Hospice.

Resa and her family are not ready to throw in the towel or give up! She still has a lot of life and fight left in her! On Wednesday February 8th, Resa and her daughters flew to Reno, Nevada to a cancer clinic for a second opinion. Her daughters have discussed her illness with the doctors at the clinic and they have offered them HOPE, where her current team of doctors in L.A. have not. We are waiting on a new plan of treatment that is capable of sending her cancer into remission! We have a long journey ahead of us to battle her cancer and we want her to know that she is not alone.

We also ask you to please keep our Resa and her family in your thoughts and prayers, to get them through this difficult time.

We cannot ever repay you for your generosity and prayers, but know that we are FOREVER GRATEFUL to you for helping her at this very critical time in her life.

Donations by check can be made in Mary Castaneda’s name and sent to the address below:

Mary Castaneda
P.O. Box 1532
San Pedro, CA 90733
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