Esperanza means hope in Spanish and that's exactly what she's given my family. She's been my biggest fan, my greatest support and the beat to my heart. I can't believe she's gone. She always took care of her family, which allowed me to be the first high school and very soon, college graduate. Without her struggle and sacrifice, my world would not have the possibility of success nor would I know how to fight through adversity.
She fought through years of dialysis, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and other ailments. Despite her pains she would still often try to make a big breakfast for the family, teach me to cook so to impress my friends and any lady I might be seeing. My grandmother never stopped trying to be of service to her family and that's something I could never repay, express enough gratitude or match.
It's with a heavy heart that I have to accept this void in my heart . . .
Grandmothers are special and mine was no exception.
In honor of Esperanza Centeno, we are setting up a fund to help the family with funeral costs. They've been able to find a funeral home that will provide the celebration of Esperanza's life, but it will cost $6,000. That's a lot of money to come up with on short notice, but the family is doing everything in their power make it happen.
We've set up this funeral fund to offer them as much support as possible. So if you're a friend of the family, a friend of Carlos, or a simply a person with a big heart, please give a little or give a lot. And if you can't give, please share this campaign with your friends and your social media circles.
Every donation is accepted with love and gratitude.