Bridgeport family spreads awareness of early cancer detection after mother dies
The family of a Bridgeport woman who died this week from cancer is spreading awareness in hopes to help other families.
The family of 48-year-old Jasmine Gomez says they have never experienced anything like the pain have been going through the past few days.
Luis Roman, Gomez 's husband, and their two sons say she died at the hospital on Thursday after a long struggle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so the family is speaking out now to spread the awareness about the aggressive form of cancer and the importance of early detection.
Roman says the past few months have been a living nightmare.
News 12 Connecticut first met the family back in August when Gomez made an appeal for a new doctor to take over her case.
The family says despite their prayers, she slipped away. Now they say they must stay strong to promote awareness and prevention.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, speaking out now during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, says it was a tragedy for Gomez to die, but that others diagnosed can be saved if money is invested in research, treatment and cures of pancreatic cancer.
Gomez's wheelchair is empty now, but the family says their hearts are full of her memories.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with burial expenses.