Family of Cavazos Middle School student seeks help with funeral expenses
Briana Gomez was 13 years old.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
A mother should never have to bury their child, but that's a reality now for Veronica Garcia. Her 13-year-old daughter Briana Gomez passed away Wednesday after being taken off life support.
"I won't be able to see her graduate, I wont be able to make her 15th birthday, I won't see her go to college. Those were my dreams, but they were shattered on May 4th," Garcia said.
Last month, Briana started complaining of headaches or chest pain.
"They ran tests, they did a whole bunch of examines and they still couldn't find anything," Garcia said.
Three weeks ago, the Cavazos Middle Schooler had a seizure and she never woke up, forcing her family to make a difficult decision this week.
"We were told that they had done everything they could and that they had to take her off the ventilator," Garcia said.
Briana passed away Wednesday at Cooks Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.
"It's hard to lose a child, especially to an illness with no name" Garcia said.
Briana had a 4.0 GPA and was active in the school's choir and band.
"She had dreams of going to Harvard or Yale, now that will never happen," Garcia said.
Now, this family is faced with a $6,000 bill if they want to bid Briana a proper farewell.
"I always thought it would be my kids burying me, not me burying my kids," Garcia said.
Family and friends have organized numerous fundraiser's to help out, including a garage sale at the Ruby Ball Room, from 9-4 at 2109 Baylor Street on Sunday.
There will also be a car wash in the Rosa'a parking lot on 50th starting Saturday at 9:30 a.m. There will be a cake raffle, with cupcakes and candy bars for sale. They will also be washing motorcycles and taking orders for t-shirts.
You can donate to the family at any Wells Fargo Bank under the Name Veronica Garcia for Briana Gomez. For more information, please call (806) 548-1475.