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Cancer victim burns rubber at his benefit


July 28, 2014 at 2:28 a.m.

Jimmy Cisneros, 39, of Victoria, drives back from doing a burnout in his truck at his benefit at Mario's Ballroom. The event was held to help defray medical expenses from Cisneros' multiple myeloma.

Jimmy Cisneros left MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to get to Victoria for the final hour of a benefit held for him by friends and family.

The crowd gathered around Tristan Street to watch Cisneros, 39, do a burnout and speed off, showing just how powerful he had made each of his trucks.

"That is what Jimmy needed," yelled a man as smoke and the smell of burnt rubber engulfed the crowd.

The benefit was held to help defray the medical expenses for Cisneros' multiple myeloma. He is receiving chemotherapy and is on five new medications, said close family friend Anabel Rivera, of Victoria.

Even though his platelet level is at zero and his immune system is weak, Cisneros made a engine-roaring return.

His hospital visits are necessary and happen a couple times a week. Cisneros has been staying in Houston during his treatment because the travel back and forth is too expensive.

"Jimmy has already sold his Harley-Division motorcycle to pay for his first treatment in Victoria, although it did not help him. It did nothing," said Rivera.

Before starting the second treatment at MD Anderson, Cisneros was going to sell his pickup but his wife, Kathy, said no.

"It is what keeps him motivated and gets him outside," said Rivera.

Multiple myeloma is incurable, but treatment can help slow the progression of the disease.

The benefit featured a live auction with donated items, a porter chicken meal, bake sale, music, raffle and more at Mario's Ballroom in Victoria. Use of the room was donated by its owner.

The big event for the benefit was the car show. Guests could bring their hot rod or motorcycle in and pay a fee, which also gave them a meal ticket. Eight awards were given, and trophies were handmade from old mechanical car parts.

The goal for the event was to raise $10,000 for his treatments.

"Jimmy is the kind of guy that would have put this on for someone else in his shoes," said Rivera.

Kathy Cisneros said her husband appreciated the support.

"You see everyone out here?" she said. "This is why he wanted to come. He just wanted a good day."



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