Center graduate hospitalized, benefit held


By Teresa L. Benns
SOUTH FORK — Sandra Marquez, a 2010 Center graduate, was involved in a one car-crash near South Fork July 20 and was airlifted to Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs with serious injuries, where she remains in the intensive care unit.
Maria Villagomez, a childhood friend, says Marquez will remain in intensive care indefinitely. Marquez suffered serious back and neck injuries requiring surgery, an injury to her left hand requiring surgery and damage to the sight in one eye.
Villagomez said her friend has been making some progress and wrote a message recently saying she would like to go back to college.
A fundraiser was held at St. Francis Jerome Church in Center Sunday, where Marquez met for Bible study. Funds raised at the chili baked potato dinner will help cover Marquez’s hospital stay and other expenses.
Villagomez said Marquez’s family would like to thank K&J Grocery in Center, Marquez’s emergency room nurse Christy Martinez, the Center community, Marquez’s South Fork co-workers, her landlord Tom, St. Francis Jerome parishioners, Esther Leon and her sister Pat, and Center Schools staff for their generosity.
She encourages those who knew Marquez to send get well greetings to her in care of Penrose-St. Francis Hospital.


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