New cancer worries for Rodriguez-Lopez family

Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez plays with his daughter Emely Rodriguez-Aviles. Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez plays with his daughter Emely Rodriguez-Aviles.
Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

For a family that is still grieving the loss of a wife and mother, the news could not be more devastating. 4-year-old Emely Rodriguez-Aviles has been diagnosed with leukemia. More tests are being done, but she will be starting chemotherapy immediately. She also has Down syndrome and uses a gastrointestinal tube to eat.

Father Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez was trying to rebuild their lives after wife Adriana died of cervical cancer in August. Emely had started at Rosedale School, which is for children with special needs. Her father was trying to look ahead toward being able to work more and even possibly starting his own painting business.

Today, we wrote about a meeting between Rodriguez-Lopez and Marty Butler of Butler Bros., who was helping him design his business cards.

Now many things are up in the air, including how much Rodriguez-Lopez will be able to work to support the family. They have no family or support system in Austin.

They need help with gift cards and financial donations to get them through her treatments, as well as clothing and toys for Emely for Christmas, an immigration attorney to help him renew his resident status. Eventually, he would like high school equivalency classes, English tutoring and a work truck.

To find out more about the Rodriguez-Lopez family or fulfill one of their needs, contact Hospice Austin, 512-342-4726, hospiceaustin.org. To make a monetary donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring

Watch a video of the Rodriguez-Lopez talk about the loss of his wife.