Parents piled syrup-laden pancakes and sausage on plates last weekend at a breakfast that was extra sweet for one little boy.
Misael Lopez, a preschool student in the Head Start program at Upper Blue Elementary, has been battling brain cancer for more than a year now. Lopez is currently at the Children’s Hospital in Denver. His teachers and friends helped raise money for his treatment with a breakfast fundraiser.
The food was all donated, prepared by friends and faculty. About 150 people attended, raising $1,900 for the family. Lopez’s preschool teacher Laurie Mason said that total is now up to $4,000.
Mason said the money will help the Lopez family with travel expenses and other costs. Since her son was diagnosed, Lopez’s mother had to quit her job to care for him full time.
“Breakfast is something a lot of families can afford to do,” Mason said. “With driving back and forth to Denver, that’s a lot of gas.”
At the breakfast, attendees made posters and cards for Lopez with colorful handprints and the message: “Te Quiero Mucho Misael — We Love Our Friend Misael.”
Head Start’s Paulina Cuadrado recently brought the cards down to Lopez in the hospital.
“Mom was very happy, and Misael kept looking at his posters and asking questions as to who’s handprints they were,” she said. “He asked me about his friends.”
Mason said Lopez has been working hard to learn English at school.
“All during preschool last year, he came and went,” she said. “Now we’re Skyping with him in class so he can see his classmates.”
Parents, staff, community members and high school students from the Interact Club all volunteered at the event.
“We wanted the community to be able to get involved,” Mason said. “We wanted to do something to support the family, because it’s so difficult.”
An account for the Misael Lopez Fund is available at the Wells Fargo Bank in Breckenridge. Upper Blue Elementary is also accepting donations.