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The Main Street Community and the Santa Cruz community (and beyond!) has truly rallied to help the Gomez family. Ismael has regained partial sight (which is HUGE after having no sight) since that day two months ago when he suddenly went blind. He will be getting special glasses soon that should help him to see with his left eye (which was operated on). He will have another surgery soon on his right eye to remove the blood that is still present. Apparently he can see through his right eye with periodic clarity but the blood sometimes “floats” in front resulting in limited vision. His spirits are good though and we are all optimistic that he will be able to see well again.

A HUGE thank you to Brian and Kevin Yogurtland (and all of you who went) – they made and donated 100% of their sales (over $1500 in 2 hours!). Thank you also to Kris Holden for organizing the event and getting the word out.

Another huge thank you to Jamie (Dustin Valdes Rankin’s Mom) for organizing the three Mondays at IHOP on 41st. This was very kind and some of us had yummy breakfasts there!

Three Adventure Guides groups (Great Whites, Mountain Lions and Steelheads) got together and decided to help the Gomez family with an extremely generous donation (including Joe Gianneli, Dieter Rothmeier, Brett Graessle and sons and many more) – THANK YOU!

The Zumba-thon was a huge hit too and tremendously successful! Thank you to Cory Montanez for spreading the word and to Adrienne and Wind for donating their time.

Cents for Sight – Thank you to all of the teachers who have encouraged their kids to donate their spare change to Ismael. Thank you to Laura Wickman for collecting it and donating it! Amazingly that change adds up!

These are just examples of the kindness that has resulted from this extremely challenging experience for an incredible little boy – thank you to ALL OF YOU for your positive thoughts, prayers and to those who have sent in checks/cash donations and cards and meals for the Gomez family. They truly feel loved (and they deserve it!).