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Non-profit organization highlighting Children’s Cancer Awareness Month

September is Children's Cancer Awareness Month

IMPERIAL, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - A mother who lost her child to cancer is helping other families with a non-profit organization established in the Imperial Valley 17 years ago.

The loss of a child is a grief a parent will never forget.

That same grief led an Imperial Valley mother to start the non-profit organization, Amigos de Alejandro.

"Our mission is for kids not to miss any appointments for their chemo or any other test procedures related to the diagnosis," stated Amigos De Alejandro President and Founder Elva Quezada.

The organization pays for their full tank of gas, food vouchers, and other services the families might need.

"With the kids who are dealing with cancer is like having Alejandro with me," said Quezada.

Alejandro was only three years old when he fought his last battle to cancer 17 years ago and honoring him is what Elva Quezada wants to always do.

“I’m going to be turning 60 years old in a couple of months and he continues to be 3 years old. He is the little one in the house. He is my baby. Sometimes I feel like I can not do it anymore. And not sometimes many times but then something happens. And then I say okay God okay Alejandro you want me to keep doing this I will keep doing this. That how I deal day by day," expressed Quezada.

The organization hopes to eventually bring Rady Children's Hospital services to Imperial County to serve the children in the Valle.

For more information, go to their website at

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