Cancer victim receives aid from valley supporters

Family and friends who helped with the Mimi Flores fund-raiser taco stand gather to make a memory.

Photo by Karen Zackula
Family and friends who helped with the Mimi Flores fund-raiser taco stand gather to make a memory.



If she didn’t know it before, Mimi Flores of Renton learned recently that individuals are rarely out of reach of family, no matter where or how far they go.

Flores, 39, who grew up in Sunnyside, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and has been under care since then.

“I still have a little more to go in my treatments, but I am doing well,” she said Friday.

Most of the expense has been paid by insurance. But, there have been out-of-pocket expenses.

Family and friends took care of a $1,000 chunk of that with a food booth at Mabton Community Day repeat, named Summer Bash, in late August.

“I’m using that money to pay a credit card I’ve been using for out-of-pocket expenses,” Flores said.

The fund-raising booth was organized by Gilbert and Veronica Orozco of Lakewood, originally from Grandview.

“They decided to do it in Mabton because I have family there and all over the Lower Valley.”

The booth offered tacos, nachos and soft drinks.

Flores said there will be another round of special treatments that cost $700 each. She’ll receive 12 treatments during the course of six weeks.

She added that she’ll have to spend about $1,000 for a detoxifying device to help against potential long-lasting effects of chemotherapy after treatments are complete.



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