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Gloria’s interview with Baron Wiley

Salem Media


“Do you believe?” - Ma Hila
”Yes, I believe!” - Nena
— Then put the Heart where the Hurt is

The Story in Word Cliffnote style

(1) MEMORIES

  • Large (8 siblings) Hispanic family, in a sweet country town - El Campo, Tx.

  • Mom & Dad, Irene (Nena) and Gene Benavidez.

  • Faith instilled at a very young age. The Rosary. Billy Graham.

  • Values. Hard work. Determination. Compassion. Community.

  • What Mom meant to me. Prayer partner. Community organizer. Pillar in community - “wise counsel”. “Giver in chief”.

(2) CANCER SUCKS

  • 2010 - Pancreatic Cancer. 76 years old. Hereditary disease (her mom and possibly her grandmother, Ma Hila).

  • Prognosis. 9-12 months left. Mom went to heaven in 3 months.

  • Requested No Pain Medicine. Offered up her pain & suffering for the souls in purgatory.

  • Wholistic Forms of Comfort. Massage. Aromatherapy. Prayer. Meditation. Singing. Raindrop Therapy. Warm blankets & bean bag. Relaxing music.

(3) FIRST STORY TIME

  • Mom’s last request. July 23rd. “Yo quiero mi corazon de Ma Hila”.

  • Aunt Margaret, Mom’s blood sister & soul sister, shared the story. Tears.

  • Put that Ma Hila’s Heart in Mom’s Hands.

  • Mom held her Ma Hila’s Heart into her ultimate comfort - the arms of Jesus.

(4) STORY INTO LEGACY

  • Wholistic forms of comfort = what Albert & I do (DASA) professionally.

  • In Mom’s honor, we created the Ma Hila’s Heart Project Foundation.

  • “Put the Heart where the Hurt is” and comfort a community (7)

    • children battling cancer

    • wounded warriors / first responders

    • homelessness

    • women & children / bullied children

    • elderly

    • hungry

    • suicide / mental health

Mom “Nena” holding her Ma Hila’s Heart.  Tender moments of Hope - Love - Joy (and tears)  before her welcome into the arms of Jesus.

Mom “Nena” holding her Ma Hila’s Heart.

Tender moments of Hope - Love - Joy (and tears)

before her welcome into the arms of Jesus.