Fundraiser held to help cancer patient celebrate Christmas
December 15, 2018 09:27 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A spaghetti plate fundraiser was held at the Albuquerque Garden Center to help a Rio Rancho family facing cancer celebrate Christmas.
Ron and Catherine Rutledge lost their 15-year-old son, Riley, to brain cancer in 2015. They know how hard it is to lose a loved one, and the financial toll it can take on a family.
With the help of Optimist Club, the Rutledge family has adopted a family for the second time. This year, they chose the Trujillo family.
Fourteen-year-old Joseph Trujillo is a hockey fan, an honorary police officer and is battling brain cancer.
He and his family are grateful for the Rutledge family and community coming together to help them have a Christmas.
“It means a lot. I really think that the community and our family have done a lot, and we all love each other and have a bond that could never break, pretty much,” said Joseph.
The Rutledge family is working on creating a non-profit outreach program called Diamond Pediatric Cancer Society.
“It’s made things a lot easier. It’s given us hope and faith, you know,” said Joseph’s mother, Angel. “It gives us strength to know that we’re not alone.”
The Trujillo family has a GoFundMe page to help with treatment-related expenses.
Updated: December 15, 2018 09:27 PM
Created: December 15, 2018 08:44 PM
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