Community members give generously to leukemia patient |

Community members give generously to leukemia patient

Staff reports

Community members generously gave $2,740 this weekend to a local family whose son is fighting leukemia.

A rummage sale was held Saturday at the old Copeland Lumber Yard in Gardnerville to benefit Angel Lopez, 17, and his family. Angel was diagnosed with acute lympocytic leukemia June 9 and has been in Washoe Medical Center receiving chemotherapy since then.

Betsy Dorrance, who works with Angel’s mother at Barton Skilled Nursing Center, said the family was happy with the turnout and they sold most of the items. The money will help the family pay for hospital bills.

Angel’s mother, Marcie Medina, is a nurse at Barton Memorial Hospital and the skilled nursing center, and his father, Alvaro Vargas, works at Jackson Quality Drywall. Both have used all their vacation time to stay with Angel at the hospital.

Dorrance said Angel is doing a little better.

“According to his mom, he had a good weekend. He hopes to come home soon for his little sister’s birthday party. He is trying really hard,” she said.

Anyone who wants to help can still bring non-perishable foods to Barton Skilled Nursing Center behind the Carson Valley Medical Center. A bank account has been set up at Bank of America. Anyone can donate to the account in Angel’s name. The number is 0049 6266 4755.

For more information, contact Dorrance at the care center at 782-7846.