Gifts given, funds raised for family of cancer victim

Members of the Mendez family are greeted by a Murrieta Police Department officer, one of several people who delivered Christmas packages t...

Members of the Mendez family are greeted by a Murrieta Police Department officer, one of several people who delivered Christmas packages to the family (below) on Friday.
Photos courtesy of Ana King

Christmas gifts donated by community members were delivered by friends and a Murrieta Police officer Friday to the family of a Murrieta woman who died Nov. 19 at age 36 following a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

The husband and children of Alicia Mendez were presented with gifts for the family, which has struggled to meet memorial and medical costs following her death. A fundraising site has also been established to help with medical costs, which have amounted to more than $20,000.

According to Melissa Ragan, a longtime family friend, Mendez was pregnant with her second child in 2009 when she began experiencing problems. By the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer, it had spread to her spine, clavicle and liver. Preparations were made for an early delivery in her seventh month of pregnancy, but Mendez insisted on waiting as long as possible for the health of the child.

Braden, who weighed 3 pounds 3 ounces at birth, is now 7. Mendez is also survived by her husband Glenn and daughter Hannah, 13.

Those wishing to make a financial donation may do so through this website.

Photo courtesy of You Caring fundraising site


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