To the editor:
Throughout my life, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve my community in numerous leadership roles. Whether it has been as a high school drum major, university student leader, LULAC president, city councilmember or non-profit director, there is one role that has fueled my character and passion to serve.
I am a survivor.
In 1982, at the age of five, I was diagnosed with cancer. While the diagnosis was the most terrifying experience of my parents’ lives, the cancer experience has defined my life.
My fight began at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, where I received the best treatment from the best pediatric physicians in South Texas. However, if it had been a few years earlier, my chances of survival would have been less than 20 percent. Fortunately, my doctors had been provided with the latest research in youth cancer treatment.
I am thankful that God has provided me with a second chance to enjoy a fulfilling life and this year I will celebrate my 28th year in remission. As a survivor, I embrace my responsibility to give, serve, and encourage others to support cancer research and funding.
This year, 85,000 Texans will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 35,000 will lose their fight. Fortunately, State Representative Patrick Rose has worked diligently to create the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, a ten-year, $3 billion commitment to fight all forms of this disease.
Through your vote, you can help Patrick continue our fight against this deadly disease.
As a life-long resident of San Marcos and cancer survivor, I am sincerely honored to endorse State Representative Patrick Rose, and I encourage the community of San Marcos to re-elect a leader that is committed to investing in the health of our citizens, schools, and economy.