Gloria’s interview with Baron Wiley
The Story in Word Cliffnote style
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
women & children / bullied children
suicide / mental health