ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — Just three days ago, an Abilene man at the age of 24 was diagnosed with colon cancer.
This came as no surprise to Peter Jaramillo, as his family has had a long history of colon cancer.
Peter’s parents have had him screened since he was 12 years old, and finally the time came to receive the heartbreaking news.
“It will change lives,” said Peter’s wife Lesley.
Speechless at first, Lesley Jaramillo searched for answers, but only one thing remained on her mind.
“How was I supposed to tell the kids?” said Lesley. “That was the hardest thing for me.”
The news was eventually passed on to their three children, and eldest son Davion DeLeon wasted no time in wanting to help.
He and his two younger sisters opened a candy and soda stall in their front yard, with all the money raised going toward their father’s medical bills.
“I made $22,” Davion said.
Davion, who just turned 9 on August 7, even donated his own birthday money to help his dad.
“He’s always really nice to me,” Davion said through tears. “Always with my sisters who help them too.”
Peter’s mother, Monique Stokes, said she was not surprised that her grandchildren were so eager to help because they instilled a ‘family first’ mentality from an early age.
“It’s great,” Monique said. “My babies, they all have big hearts. They love their father.”
A close-knit family caught the eye of longtime friend Donna Click, who had to help with the kids’ fundraiser.
“Their sign’s on the corner,” Donna said. “You can look down and see all this happening in the garden. We want to do everything we can to help them raise money for his treatment.”
Donna walked to the booth with only one dollar bill left, which she gladly gave for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Davion and his sisters will have their booth open and ready for business on Saturday, August 14 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the 300 block of Shelton Street in Abilene.
Davion said he hopes 20 to 40 people will come and buy candy and say hello, but if that isn’t enticing enough, he has one last sales pitch to make.
“I sell the best candy ever!” said Davion, grinning from ear to ear.
If you can’t swing by the candy stall, the family has also set up a GoFundMe page, which you can find here.