By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – After overcoming a paralyzing disease, then being diagnosed with Leukemia, a Lubbock woman is trying to raise money for a life saving bone marrow transplant.
"I was paralyzed from my shoulders down I couldn't move," said Yvonne Gonzales. She was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome back in 2003, changing her life forever.
"One minute you're going to work and we just bought our first house, everything just going along. Just had our second baby and then the next thing I know I can't even comb my hair or brush my teeth," she said.
Over the next four years, Yvonne suffered from unbearable pain. "I was in so much pain and so sick just being able to eat and get dressed for the day was torture," said Yvonne. Slowly she learned to walk again and regained strength.
And just when things were getting better, her health took a turn for the worst again.
"I'm scared for my mom to die, it's too early for her to die," said Angela Gonzales, Yvonne's ten-year-old daughter. She was diagnosed with Leukemia and the medications are not working.
"I just don't like it when she's sick because it just really scares me for her to die I just don't want her to," said Adrian, her seven-year-old-son. "I wanted to take care of my kids, at that point I just... my main goal was to hold Adrian my son," said Yvonne.
To survive, Yvonne needs a bone marrow transplant, but finding a match isn't easy. It will cost her $25,000 after insurance, so to help with the cost they're having a garage sale this Friday and Saturday.
"I want her to be around and she needs to have it done so for about two months we've been getting ready. Having people donate stuff and we're going through it to price," said Jennifer Cruz, Yvonne's sister.
"We're going to be selling sausage on a stick, popcorn, desserts, and we'll have drinks for sale. We'd like to get at least $1,000, $2,000 dollars at least," said Cruz.
For this family, these items and donations mean a second chance at life. "To be just pain free, I would love to be able to play basketball with my son, and take my daughter to play tennis. Just do the things that people do every day that they take for granted," said Yvonne.
The garage sale will take place this Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 4719 62nd Street. You can also call 806-777-9278 if you would like to make donations.
To make donations in honor of Gonzales, please visit www.tranplants.org and click on "patients we help" to search for her. If you prefer to mail your contribution, please send your gift to the NFT Texas Stem Cell Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Write "in honor of Yvonne Gonzales" in the subject line.
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