At the age of 16 Cynthia, began treatment locally for her life-threatening medical condition which affected her kidneys, but she ultimately had to travel out of town to receive a transplant. Knowing what a toll traveling for treatments can be, on top of staying up on school work, having family time and trying to live a normal life; Cynthia made a wish that will keep on giving.
For awhile Cynthia struggled with what her one true wish would be. She had a hard time choosing between which one of her favorite celebrities she’d want to meet most until she came to the realization that her one true wish would be to give back instead.
Cynthia made her wish to “give” money to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) for nephrology research as an incentive for a physician to relocate to the El Paso area to teach, conduct research using the funding from her wish, and most importantly, treat children battling life-threatening illnesses just like Cynthia.
After Cynthia presented the check to TTUHSC, she was given a tour of the labs, the simulation center and partnered her with a graduating medical student to spend some one-on-one time with the dean. Perhaps one of the best parts of Cynthia’s wish experience was when she was given the opportunity to shadow the newly established physician. A great way TTUHSC gave back to the student who hopes to be apart of the medical field.
In August of 2014, about two years after Cynthia's wish, TTUHSC hired a Nephrologist named Dr. German Lozano Guzman thanks to Cynthia's generosity to give back!