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COVID march aims to help survivors of the pandemic – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2022-08-05 10:23:05 –

The idea grew out of three COVID-19 survivor organizations that aim to help survivors grieve, heal and honor those they’ve lost.

Corpus Christi, Texas — Residents in the Alice community are inviting anyone exposed to the pandemic to join them on Saturday.

Two years ago, 3NEWS spoke with Gerry Bautista and his wife Lena shortly after losing a loved one to the virus.

What has been said is equally relevant today.

“They use everyone as a statistic, as a number, but these are humans and they shouldn’t be using death figures.” I should say that this human being is dead.”

Jerry and Lena now play a role in showing support to those who have lost or survived loved ones.

“We’ve all been through it, and we’re still going through it, but we’re still fighting here,” Lena said.

A handful of Alice residents, including Lisa Rodriguez Escalona, ​​met one last time before the COVID march Saturday morning.

“Some days I feel like I’m conquering the world in their honor, and other days I feel grief-stricken,” Escalona said.

Escalona lost her mother, father and grandmother to the virus. Organizing her COVID-her march, she said, has always been to help herself and others emotionally. She adds that the simple act of coming together and sticking together can make all the difference.

“Bringing the world together in the darkest of times,” Escalona said.

Alice is the only city south of San Antonio designated as a Satellite Walk location. The idea grew out of three COVID-19 survivor organizations that aim to help survivors grieve, heal and honor those they’ve lost.

“I lost my daughter to COVID-19. Today is her birthday,” said Alice Mayor Cynthia Carrasco.

Carrasco will be the centerpiece of this Saturday’s march.

“We are doing this for our families, for everyone, for everyone affected by COVID-19. Come Saturday and walk with us,” Carrasco said.

If residents would like to attend the walk, it will take place this Saturday, August 6th, and registration will be open at 9am. Registration is free and takes place at Anderson Park on North Texas Blvd. at Alice.

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