Mom seeks to help local family after loss of son

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By Angye Morrison

A local mom is following her heart when it comes to helping the family of her son’s deceased best friend.

Allison Sanchez said her son, Jorge, is having difficulty dealing with the death of his best friend, Christopher Grande, who died Feb. 1 after a bout with cryptococcal meningitis. A student at West Gadsden High School, Grande had been sick for some time, but was expected to get better. His mother had even met with Sylvia Jackson, WGHS principal, to set up a home study program so that Grande could keep up with his school work while he recovered.

Grande had been admitted to the hospital prior to his death. The type of meningitis he had is not spread from person to person, but is acquired by inhaling airborne fungal spores.

The Grande family did not have insurance, and Sanchez said she just knew in her heart she could do something to help them, since Christopher spent a lot of time in her home.

“He spent so much time at my house, he was just one of my family, too,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez helped to organize a car wash and yard sale this Saturday, which will be manned by the WGHS soccer team, to which Grande belonged.

The car wash will begin at 9 am., and will be held in the parking lot at El Ranchito in Quincy. The cost to get your car washed is $5 and trucks can be washed for $10, but all donations will be accepted.

The yard sale will also be held at El Ranchito, and will begin at 8 a.m. There are a multitude of items that have been donated for the yard sale, Sanchez said, including couches, an almost-new foosball table, beds, lamps, movies, clothing and more.

All proceeds from both locations will go directly to the Grande family, to help defray hospital and funeral expenses.