“It’s a little bit hard,” says Ana Anacleto Martínez, the daughter of Rosalba Martínez-López, who died Dec. 2 from cervical cancer. She was 37.
The family was part of the Statesman Season for Caring program last year. Every year, the Statesman tells the story of 12 families who have been nominated to the program by local nonprofit organizations. We invite the community and local businesses to donate a gift of money or goods or services on the families’ wish lists. Donations are given to the featured families first, and then, every year, Season for Caring funds help hundreds of other families through the selected nonprofit agencies.
Last year, Season for Caring raised more than $840,000 to help the community. On Nov. 26, we’ll introduce you to 12 new families who need your help, but first, we take a look back at the families from last year and share how they are doing.
Rosalba Martínez-López’s four children and granddaughter were able to have a funeral for her using Season for Caring funds. The kids are now living between the homes of oldest daughter Anacleto Martínez, 22, and their aunt, Laura Martínez-Devalerio.
The kids, Anacleto Martínez says “always talk about Mom and this and that. It’s kind of hard.”
Anacleto Martínez hopes to return to school in January after taking a break to take care of her siblings.
To make a donation to Season for Caring, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring.