Donna student supports family through hard times
Editor's note: This story has been updated.
A star student and athlete at Donna North High School is dealing with more than a normal teen her age usually has to, but she is pushing forward for the sake of her family.
Eighteen-year-old Jennifer Chacon and her 20-year-old sister, Jaquelyne, have had to deal with their father being deported back to Mexico, and now Jaquelyne has been diagnosed with Leukemia.
The diagnosis on Oct. 2 forced Jaquelyne to quit her job.
"I didn't feel good for like a month, but I didn't know it was going to be that bad," said Jaquelyne.
The circumstances have left 18-year-old Jennifer supporting her big sister, two younger brothers and mother.
"It’s been a really hard time because, I mean, we don't have my dad,” Jennifer said. “She won’t be able to work, my mom doesn't have a stable job. I work at JCPenny's part-time, because I also go to school."
Not only is Jennifer a student and working to support her family, but she makes time to compete in state-wide cross country competitions. She recently made a major decision before one competition.
"So, that's when I said, ‘She’s going to lose her hair with the chemo and everything’ and I had long hair, so I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to cut my hair,’” said Jennifer.
As the holidays approach, Jaquelyne will continue her two-year treatment plan and Jennifer will spend her time working at her retail job.
A gofundme page has been created for Jaquelyne.