Cancer survivor finds comfort in helping others
Patty Aguirre is now a businesswoman -- along with her husband she owns and operates the restaurant El Tequila, and during her free time she volunteers at church where she helps women and children. In addition, she manages her own charity foundation in Guatemala, where she helps children in distress. Patty is also a cancer survivor and her taste for life along with her constant desire for change and self-improvement is a faithful example of what it means to be Hispanic. Her story is another one that shows the resilience of the Hispanic community.
“At first it was hard for me to accept the fact that I was living in Tulsa,” confessed Patty. “The main obstacle I had to face was culture itself, because Hispanics tend to be warmer, we trust people, and here that is a bit different, but one can always adapt.”
The life of Patty, her husband and daughters changed 180 degrees when she found out she had cancer. Surviving this disease is like having a second chance in life, and for Patty it was “a restitution of the lost times.”
“Now I have my eyes and my heart open to live what I have left, because life is just too short,” she said.
From those days of pain and uncertainty the dream of creating a charity foundation was born.
“We help people in Guatemala,” she explained. “We have an organization with my uncles, an NGO that sends presents to hospitalized children. So far we have helped more than 500.”
“It’s a big responsibility because we have to make sure we cover all their needs, that is why we are always trying to do our best,” said Patty dreaming big, thinking about the future of De Corazon Abierto, her NGO. “I want to see De Corazon launched in more Latin American countries, because all the Hispanic countries are in need of assistance. The fact that I am here in the USA, the country of the American Dream and opportunities means that we can send help everywhere.”
Patty is one of those Hispanics that is a living example of what our community is -- a good mother, dedicated wife, grateful daughter, and above all a fervent believer in God.
“I feel lucky because I have a second chance to show the rest the value of life and the words of God. I have the opportunity of being here and bringing change to society,” she said.
“I am a warrior,” insists Patty, assuring her highest motivation in life is her faith and the love for her husband and family.
Patty has an important piece of advice for all those Hispanics out there living in fear and despair:
“Have courage, courage to face the current cultural and political changes,” Patty urged. “It is time for perseverance, to be connected with our families and with God, because what we project as human beings comes from the love of our families. Courage because we live in America, where all dreams and wishes can come true.” (La Semana)