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CCCCD-LULAC Young Adult Council Raises Funds For The "Jesus Valdiva Fund"



CCCCD-LULAC Young Adult Council Raises Funds For The "Jesus Valdiva Fund"

December 3, 2002 - Members of Collin County Community College District's League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Young Adult Council held a coin drive to raise funds for an eighth-grader at Ford Middle School in Allen who is ill. Students from the CCCCD-LULAC Young Adult Council presented the parents with a check for $181.30 to be used to help pay for environmental tests on their house, which may be the cause of their child's illness.

"My students felt compelled to help this family during this horrible tragedy. It is such a sad situation and we wish we could do more for them," said CCCCD-LULAC advisor Lisabeth Lassiter.

Lassiter received a letter from Ford Middle School ESL teacher Kendyl Rhone recounting the tragic tale of Jesus Valdivia. "Shortly after moving into a new home, they immediately began to notice a pungent odor. Visitors would feel ill while at the house. Jesus' room seemed to be the worst in the house and he suddenly became very ill. He has been hospitalized for several weeks but is yet undiagnosed," explained Lassiter.

Tests need to be run on the HVAC system and ductwork as well as a test for stachybotrys, also known as "black mold." On doctor's orders, the Valdivia's have moved out of their home until the source of Jesus' illness is identified.

The family is accruing soaring medical bills and has been getting by with the help of generous people like the students in the CCCCD-LULAC Young Adult Council and other groups around the Collin County area.

If you would like to help Jesus' family, send your donation to: The Jesus Valdivia Fund, c/o Ford Middle School, Attn: Kendyl Rhone, 630 Park Place, Allen, TX 75002.

For more information about the CCCCD-LULAC Young Adult Council, please contact club representative Elicia Garcia at LULAC@ccccd.edu or call Lisabeth Lassiter, club advisor at 972-377-1627.