Sometimes even heroes need a helping hand

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We live in a society where celebrities are idolized, and athletes are considered modern day heroes.  But what about all the unsung heroes – those working behind the scenes, going unnoticed day in and day out, working to ease the pain and suffering of others yet never getting any reward or recognition?  And what about those who always extend a helping hand without deliberation or question? Sometimes these unsung heroes themselves are the ones who need a helping hand.

Maria Marcal, a woman in her 50s has been passionate about dog rescue her entire life. She dedicated her time and compassion for animals for many years in the rescue community and also helped out at the Downey Animal Care Center in Los Angeles County, California. Unfortunately, during this time, Maria’s mother fell ill will Alzheimer’s which escalated to dementia. Maria set aside all of her rescue work to take care of her mother full-time.  Then to make matters worse, Maria was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and will have to undergo chemotherapy and surgery.

Due to having to take care of her mom full time and pay for her own mounting medical bills, Maria has been placed in a difficult financial situation.  All of this has culminated to an eviction from the home she and her mom and her four dogs have lived in for many years in Orange County California. Maria is devastated not only for herself and her mom, but for her four dogs.  Where can they go if she is homeless?  Who will take care of them while she has surgery? All of this and the fact that she has had to leave mementos, family heirlooms and personal belongings behind to move in to a motel with her four dogs has Maria stressed and disheartened.

Many in the rescue community upon hearing of her plight gave generously to her fundraiser, however she still needs help. Marie is continuing to reside in a motel with her four dogs until a permanent housing solution can be found. Until then she needs financial assistance for day to day living while she continues her chemotherapy treatments. Although she has applied for disability and other services, it takes time for those services to be approved and become effective. Heroes are not only the ones you see on television, receiving medals and awards for their acts of heroism. They are everyday people who sometimes fall on hard times and need the help of others to lift them up.

Maria Marcal has spent her life caring for others, please help her get through this difficult time.

Donations can be made via Paypal to

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

4 replies
  1. linda says:

    As a cancer survivor I will donate as much as I can. So sorry for the unfortunate circumstances that has befallen on this kind woman and her mother. I also hope she has family members that can help her.


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