Remaining wishes: Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring.

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

Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez, 26, lost his wife, Adriana, to cervical cancer in August, and his 4-year-old daughter, Emely, to complications after a leukemia diagnosis on Jan. 5. 

While Emely was in the hospital, an anonymous family donated enough money to cover Rodriguez-Lopez’ rent for the coming year, as well as a van to replace his car, which needed repairs. He had also received gifts, gift cards and painting supplies from the Butler Bros., a local brand studio.

His needs have changed since Emely’s death. He needs help with:

  • Paying for Emely’s funeral.
  • Gift cards to Amazon for an urn for Adriana and an urn for Emely.
  • Gift cards to H-E-B, Walmart and Target.

To find out more about the Rodriguez-Lopez family or fulfill one of their needs, contact Hospice Austin, 512-342-4726,

To make a financial donation, go to or send a check to Season for Caring, P.O. Box 50066, Austin, Texas 78763-0066.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.