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Family comes together during brother's illness

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

Siblings Vanessa Flores, left; Annette Sanchez, center; and Vincent Lara stand with their mother, Mary K. Lara, front.

Editor, the Advocate:

My "little bro" is a very strong and young-at-heart man. He's 47 years old and has multiple myeloma cancer. I'm Annette Sanchez, 48 years old, and my brother's name is Vincent Lara, but we call him "JR." If you saw him today, you wouldn't even know he's sick! We as a family have been through a lot this year with our precious mom being sick and in and out of hospital all year long. Despite that, he has always been by our sides through it all.

There are four of us siblings. Our older brother, Roy DeHoyos, and little sister, Vanessa Flores, who is 35 years old. Right now, she is a very special person in our lives and our familia. She just completed everything needed to be done for a stem cell donation for our little brother. He had already done round one with his own stem cells but never went into complete remission. So we pray every day that our little sister's stem cells will cure him forever!

Annette Sanchez, Victoria

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