There was a long line of employees at the food booth.

By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility

A little girl going through chemotherapy and an upcoming bone marrow transplant received a boost from employees at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF).

CTF employee Benjamin Vargas and his wife Elissa have four children. Their youngest daughter, Adeleen, was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemina (JMML)  on Feb. 17, 2017. JMML is a very rare and serious form of leukemia. The staff put on a baked-potato fundraiser to help offset the family’s expenses.

“Our little girl has been through so much already,” said Benjamin. “She is undergoing her fourth round of chemotherapy and is going to need a bone marrow transplant (and) her donor will be her big sister, Emmarie.”

Benjamin has exhausted his leave hours due to the hardship. Since her diagnosis, Adeleen has spent most of her time in the hospital. During the bone marrow transplant, Benjamin will take care of their 2-year-old daughter Emmarie while Elissa spending two to four weeks with Adeleen in a San Francisco hospital.

Due to these unexpected circumstances, a Catastrophic Time Bank was established for the Vargas family.

The family said they are deeply appreciative for all the support from the CTF family and the extended CDCR family.

“On behalf of the Vargas family, I would like to express my appreciation to Warden Hatton and the entire CTF family for all coming together and supporting us during this difficult time,” Benjamin said. “We are truly blessed and are grateful to everyone who made this fundraiser possible. My daughter Adeleen, is doing great. God is doing a miracle in her life.”

CTF staff was able to raise $4,108 through their fundraiser.