Family prepares to say goodbye to woman battling cancer | KOB 4

Family prepares to say goodbye to woman battling cancer

Meg Hilling
June 18, 2019 09:08 AM

FARMINGTON, N.M.- A Four Corners family is asking the community for help as they prepare for their mother’s funeral.


In 2016, Toni Samora, cage manager at Sunray Park and Casino, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"She is a fighter, she is definitely a fighter, she has fought for three years,” Lisa Ortiz, Samora’s daughter said. "So now hospice is involved. Today, hospice basically stated that it's back in her brain and there is not a lot of time left."

The cancer, believed to be terminal, is taking a toll not only on Samora, but also the community she helped.

"My mom is the glue of our family,” said Heather Beanland, Samora’s daughter.

For almost 20 years, Samora has worked to help visitors at the casino and lend a hand or advice to anyone in need that came her way.

"She applied here before the casino even opened,” Ortiz said. "If she wasn't home she was here."

With mounting medical bills, her family is turning to the community to help them give Samora a proper send off when the time comes.

"Her funeral expenses are looking at 12,000 dollars. We are going to do a benefit dinner with a silent auction,” Beanland said.

Donate to the family's GoFundMe account


Meg Hilling

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