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This fundraiser ended on 12/31/12

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The family of Patty Quintanilla are uniting to raise money to help eliminate financial stress during her battle against breast cancer.

Meet Patty Quintanilla who is 44 years young. Patty can be described as a magnificent mother to a 26 year old daughter and 23 year old son. She is a devoted grandmother. She is a reliable sister and aunt, loving daughter, as well as a loyal friend. Patty can be described as not having a mean bone in her body, she believes in forgiveness, and her only flaw is dropping everything to be there for a family member or friend in need. Patty loves to spend her weekends at her grandkids various games and taking them out for pizza after. Or you can catch her at Bunko with her sisters and nieces, as well as cheering on her brothers, nephews and son on the soccer field.

All the fun has been postponed; Patty is no longer the pleasurable, outgoing Mother, Grandmother, Aunt or Sister. She is now riddled with fatigue, and nausea. On July 20th, 2012 she was diagnosed with Stage 3A breast cancer. Patty has a 5 centimeter tumor in her left breast, which has spread to her lymphoid in her armpit. Women who have Stage 3 Breast Cancer have a survival rate of 54%. In order to try to cure this awful disease that has invaded Patty’s body she needs to under go a Mastectomy, which is the removal of her breast.

However, before her surgery she needs to go through several rounds of Chemotherapy. Chemo reaches all parts of the body not just the cancerous cells. Chemotherapy has many different side effects that include hair loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, just to name a few. When her rounds of Chemo are complete she will undergo surgery to remove her entire left breast. When Patty’s surgery is complete, she will then have to have radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses high energy rays to kill cancer cells that remain in the breast or surrounding lymph nodes after surgery. Radiation decreases risk of local cancer recurrence and improves survival rate. Some women that have had radiation therapy describe it as sunburn in the skin.

Patty has been strong through out the chemo she is currently undergoing. She has been going to work daily. But this is not because she wants to, she HAS to. She is a Social Worker for the county of Orange. As such, she is not entitled to receive disability while she is struggling to fight off the cancer. In order to pay her bills, as well as her co-pays, she must work. This means while she is entitled to time off of work while she has her mastectomy, and radiation, she will not be paid for it.

So it is to you, we as her family humbly ask, help us help her eliminated some of the financial stress from various co-pays, surgeries, and bills. Would you please find it in your heart to make a donation to help our beautiful, strong, loving Patty?
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