Two Cambria fundraisers — a Jan. 25 soccer tournament and a Jan. 31 chicken barbecue — are being held to help pay for medical treatment for Hector Merlos, 18, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer Christmas Day, which has metastasized.
He’s been going back and forth between his Cambria home and the Stanford University Medical Center, where he’s being treated with chemotherapy.
Friends also have established the Hector Merlos Benefit Fund at Rabobank. Donations can be made at any branch.
Merlos was a student at Cambria Grammar and Santa Lucia Middle schools. He attended Coast Union High School until his senior year in 2012. He then transferred to Loma Vista Community School in San Luis Obispo where he graduated.
He worked in area motels, including the El Colibri Boutique & Spa, and then at Cambria Drug and Gift.
Merlos’ medical bills are mounting quickly, even though he is covered by some health insurance, according to his parents and friends.
His father, Salvador “Chava” Aguilar, said his son was to have returned to Stanford for another round of chemotherapy Friday, Jan. 16, but doctors said his white-blood-cell count was too low. San Luis Obispo physicians will try to bolster that count so chemo can continue, perhaps as soon as Friday, Jan. 23.
Both parents said separately they are so grateful for how the community has rallied around their son and the two families.
The benefit soccer tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Coast Union High School, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road on Sunday Jan. 25, according to Merlos’ mother Susona Merlos. She said various edibles and drinks will be available, such as pizza, carne asada and tacos.
For details, call her at 835-2168.
American Legion barbecue
American Legion Post No. 432, Sons of the Legion and Hector Merlos’ father, Salvador “Chava” Aguilar, are sponsoring a drive-through fundraiser chicken barbecue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Jan. 31, at the post and the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.
The meal will include rice, beans, salsa, bread and drink.
Tickets are available now for $10 at the Legion hall, from Aguilar and at a few other locations. They’re selling fast, Aguilar said Tuesday, Jan. 20, but he expects some tickets also will be for sale at the door.
For details, call him at 909-7616.