Isaako and Susan Tanupo moved to Tracy in July 2008 with their young special needs daughter. In November 2008, Isaako took ill and has since been diagnosed with a rare cancer, Valley fever and is currently battling for his life in an isolation room at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.
In addition, Susan is in a wheelchair with heart complications and the family is losing their home in the next two weeks.
When I first talked with Susan about her situation, she had little hope. She asked me if people still cared and if a community still reaches out to help one of their own. I told her yes, people still care and people still try to help. I am hoping that I am right.
“I have never felt so alone in my life,” Susan Tanupo said. “We are a desperate family right now. We’ve exhausted every avenue and there doesn’t seem to be any help for us. My husband’s prognosis is bleak and only 30 percent of his heart is working at this point. Both the cancer and Valley fever have taken its toll.”
Susan has had to supplement medical costs from her personal pocket and has no local family to help. She has also had an uphill battle trying to keep the family together as they will be left homeless in two weeks.
“Through all of this my husband keeps telling me that he loves me too much to leave me and has been fighting the whole way,” Susan Tanupo said. “He is in the hospital fighting for his life against a very aggressive and rare cancer. It’s called LYG cancer, for short.”
The Tanupo family is crying out for help in finding a place to live locally, that has a garage or storage for medical equipment. They are scampering for a home in between medical appointments and the start of a new school year. The family also needs helps with meals and school supplies for their special needs teenage daughter.
As Tracy Talks about this family and their plight, several community members have taken a step to help provide school supplies and new clothes for the local teen. Thank you Boys and Girls Club of Tracy, Carrie Burnell, Steve Abercrombie, Kim Edwards, Mike Robinson, Kelli Globe, Renna Troche and Elissagaray Ranch Neighborhood Watch Group. Thank you for proving me right that people still care and people still try to help.
If you are able to help this family, please contact Susan Tanupo at 207-9805. The family’s most urgent need is a home and help with meals.
• Anne Marie Fuller is a Tracy arts commissioner and the television host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26 at 7 p.m. Fridays. Contact her at email@example.com.