Viewers help family facing foreclosure after daughter gets cancer

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MESA -- We have an update now on a story we brought you a couple weeks ago.

"I was 15, just getting into spring break, and I was ready for spring break," Rosie Garcia said.

Rosie, like many kids, was just starting high school when tragedy hit.

"I got sick and my world turned upside down," she said.

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After injuring herself at track practice, Rosie's mom, Jackie, took her to the hospital and it was then that doctors gave them news that brought them to their knees.

"He goes, 'Your daughter has two golf ball-sized tumors side by side on her brain stem," Jackie said. "My legs just collapsed!"

Further tests confirmed Rosie had brain cancer and only two months to live.

"The doctor said, basically, 'Take her home, get her comfortable," Rosie said.

Surgery and continuous cancer treatments have kept Rosie alive for 3 years now. But this fight has come at a big cost because all of Rosie's insurance benefits have recently been used up and now, Rosie's family has had to make a painful decision: Pay their mortgage or use their mortgage money for cancer treatments -- treatments that will help keep this teenager alive.

"When you have something like this happen, it's crazy," Jackie said. "You don't think about bills anymore, you're just focused on keeping your child alive."

The pressure has been enormous, particularly for Rosie, who took it upon herself to write to 3 On Your Side when she found out her family was facing foreclosure.

Since our first report, things have gotten better. Viewers who were touched by her story donated money and, in fact, one family gave 3 On Your Side a $1,000 check, which we recently passed on to Rosie's mom.

Wells Fargo also helped establish a bank account for viewers to donate and people are still giving. But it's not just money viewers are donating.

"We've had people donate services, which is nice because it's an older home and we need stuff done," Jackie said. "People donated Websites. They've donated money."

And things just keep getting brighter because Cobblestone Auto Spa, one of the biggest car washes here in the Valley, was also moved by the Garcia family's predicament and offered to do something.

On Sunday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Cobblestone Auto Spa is going to donate $2 from every car washed at all seven of its locations.

And if that's not enough, after our report, even the Garcias' mortgage company is getting involved by stopping the foreclosure.

The lender informed the Garcia family that considering the circumstances, it will cut their monthly payments to only $500 for the next six months in order to make things more manageable for Rosie and her family.

The news is more than this family could ever imagine.

"I'm happy that we're going to keep our house," Rosie said. "Thank you!"

Rosie and her family are extremely grateful to 3 On Your Side's viewers and say they would be homeless without so much of your generosity.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you," Rosie said.

"I can't get everybody, but I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you very much!" Jackie said.

"I'm more at ease," Rosie said. "I'm able to sleep now. I don't worry as much."

And now, a brighter path lights their way.

"We feel like there's a light," Jackie said. "We were in a dark tunnel and didn't see a way out, but now we see there's hope as long as you've got hope you can do anything."

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