Armando was a professional truck driver when he was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. His illness and treatments rendered him unable to continue working, and the family was left with zero income at their most vulnerable time: the beginning of a cancer fight.

With three children, ages 7, 12, and 13, Armando and his wife Margarita have been doing everything they can to stay afloat while also staying strong and faithful in the face of stage 4 cancer. “We’re gonna finish this race,” Armando told us at his home a couple of weeks ago. We were there to provide a check for assistance from Tony Foundation and our partner, Apex Systems. “I don’t know how, but we’re going to do it — we’re going to get through all of this.”

Aside from support they’ve received from their church community, assistance for Armando’s family has been very limited. At Tony Foundation, we knew that this was exactly the kind of family that we are meant to help. Armando has been a hard-working supporter of his family and now, his treatment and getting healthy comes first.

Providing assistance for Armando, Margarita and their children is part of our mission to help families whose primary income earners, in their most productive years, have been diagnosed with cancer and are no longer able to work. Dedicated employees at APEX Atlanta and APEX Austin have been raising money through donations and fundraisers, and this is the second family that their efforts have supported directly (read about the assistance they helped us provide Eddie and Michelle in May).

Look for a video of our visit coming soon. We were honored to help Armando and Margarita, and we wish them the best on their journey.