Lubbock Community Rallies Around Mother Diagnosed With Cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/16/05

Lubbock Community Rallies Around Mother Diagnosed With Cancer

You may have heard music coming from Davis Park at 42nd and Nashville on Thursday. However, for a 26-year-old Lubbock mother of three, it was the sound of hope and faith.

Gloria Rodriguez suffers from terminal gastric cancer. The concert held Thursday night was one of the latest efforts by a Lubbock ministry to raise money for a major project - building her family a home in only a matter of weeks.

The concert is one that's dedicated to the Lord, and it's also a celebration of community. However, Thursday night Gloria Rodriguez, who sat among the crowd is the one at center stage. The money raised at the event will be used to help build her family a new home.

"There's just nothing you can ever do to explain and tell people how grateful and thankful we are. There's just not, so we pray that the people that have blessed us-- that the Lord will return the favor," said Gloria.

Gloria said the community's constant support gives her inspiration to concentrate on living. However, it was difficult to be as optimistic when she was diagnosed.

Gloria said "Good Friday I was going to have surgery, but when the opened me up, they found out it had already spread, so that was just a life changing day altogether, just to get that news that you've got terminal cancer."

Gloria's husband, Danny, said, "I just broke down. I pretty much -- I couldn't hold it in. It hit me pretty hard that day."

Shortly after Gloria's diagnosis, Rich Smith with Levi Ministries offered to build the Rodriguez's new home. Smith says in difficult times, it's important to act as a family.

"We need each other, you know. From the most intimate relationships one on one, all the way up to the global relationship of mankind," said Smith.

While Gloria's cancer is terminal, she refuses to give up, and the community's support and prayers gives her hope. "We're just very optimistic that -- we're praying for a miracle and we believe we're going to get one," she said.

Gloria and her husband have three children, all under the age of ten. If you'd like to help with construction or make a donation, you can call Levi Ministries at 793-2897.

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