Community Supports Ailing Grandmother

RENO, Nev.--A glimmer of hope Sunday for the Sarmiento family as they search for a solution to grandmas worsening health.

"My mom is very sick and I try to raise a little money to buy her medicines," said Jose Sarmiento.

The family's been sacked with medical bills since abuela Maria Meza was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"It has spread pretty bad and I have taken her, well the whole family has taken her to different hospitals and doctors visits and stuff like that. We have struggled," said Jose Sarmiento Jr.

They have struggled because of the high cost of health care. The solution Sunday was a carmez, or fundraiser.

"There are people that are not even related to us, just family friends that came down and helped out, they cooked food. They just help with whatever they can you know," said Jose Sarmiento Jr.

It could have been the food that drew them. when he is not tending to his mother, Jose Sarmiento doubles as a chef at Brickies Tavern on W. Second Street. He whipped up the authentic meal.

"We have a lot of different food, like tamales, birria, all of the common Mexican food. We have a candy stand and stuff like that," said Jazmin Sarmiento.

The meal itself raised a good amount of money, but the family reports donations were flowing in from a community that just wants to help.

"My friends and my family tried to help me a lot. I am very happy about that. I am so happy. I want to say thank you very much," said Jose Sarmiento

The family says the added funds will go a long way to helping Maria Meza get better.

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