Lufkin's Cinco de Mayo celebration helps sick child

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Thousands turned out for the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Lufkin today. It provided families a good time, plus raised money for a child in need.

A mariachi band entertained Jesus Alvarez,13. Only two months ago the Central student learned he has leukemia. He sat in a chair, flanked by his mother and two siblings as a very loud band sang songs to him. He recently returned from chemotherapy.

Trips back and forth to Houston for chemotherapy is really adding up. So festival-goers filled this pinata with donations to help the family with expenses.

"We know we can't raise enough money to cure his problems, but we can try to help the family with the cost of traveling back and forth to Houston and to stay at the hotels and stuff," explained Rene Guajardo, festival organizer.

"I would like to say thank you to all the people that are praying and helping me because if it wasn't for them, I probably wouldn't be here," said Jesus Alvarez.

Jesus said if he felt better he would be playing with his friends in Kiwanis Park. The grounds were busy with families taking part in the celebration, good food, music and games.

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