Benefit to help local woman fight cancer


JASPER — If you’re in the area of St. Joseph Catholic Church Saturday morning, you might consider stopping in for some tacos or pupusas.

The church community is hosting a taco and pupusa sale to benefit Angelica Alanis, a Jasper resident and St. Joseph Parish member who has been battling cancer for several months. Father Homero Rodriguez, who helped organize the benefit, said the community got the idea from events other county churches hold to help their members. They began organizing the event — which will begin at 9 a.m. in the church parking lot and will continue while supplies last — in December.

“We wanted it to be a really well organized event,” Rodriguez said.

Alanis and her husband, Francisco Elizarraras, have been members of the church for many years, Rodriguez said, and they continue to attend church regularly even as Alanis undergoes treatment for the cancer, which has spread to her brain. The couple is often seen praying together. Alanis has also continued working and volunteering her time at the church as much as her health allows.

“She’s very optimistic and positive, and she’s remained faithful,” Rodriguez said. “The fact that she shows up, that shows courage.”

Rodriguez has also gone to Alanis’ home a few times to pray with her and her husband.

So far, Rodriguez said, Alanis has responded well to the treatment, but it’s a long way from over, and the bills are adding up.

The sale will take place in the parking lot of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1029 Kundek St., Jasper.

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