LOS ANGELES, CA (KABC) – Michael Tomelloso has always been known for being strong. He is the youngest of six siblings and is also an LAPD officer. In February, when his wife Laura was told she had colon cancer, he had it checked out.
Silvia Mitchell, Michael’s sister, said, “We all knew that between us, we would help Michael and try to fill Laura’s shoes as best we could.” All of those shoes were filled in part by Silvia.
Four months after Laura’s diagnosis, Michael got his own. He also has cancer in stage four, but it is in his throat. Whatever they had planned for the summer was gone, and they were only left with choices.
“You have to decide who goes first, and Laura hadn’t even started her treatment yet,” Mitchell said. “It’s just a bad situation nobody should be in.” Michael stayed home with their two young boys while Laura went first. One of their sons, Matthew, needs extra help.
Laura is home after having two surgeries and going through several rounds of chemotherapy. Michael is also home after going through chemotherapy and radiation.
All of this has made them both weaker than they would like to be but stronger than they could have imagined. “It’s made everyone around them better, and people can’t do enough.” They call or send a text message and ask, “What do you need?” What Mitchell said.
The family has set up a Blue Ribbon fund to help pay for costs, and the generosity has helped them in ways that money can’t buy. “Michael had a good friend named Jason who was there every morning at 7 a.m. and drove him every day during his treatment,” Mitchell said.
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