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Man Fights Cancer, Deportation

Man Fights Cancer, Deportation



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Alex Cabrero ReportingA car wash may not seem like much, but it's one way a young man hopes to help pay for his fight against cancer. That's if he's allowed to stay in the country.

Jose Corado of Ogden has been told he needs to leave the country by May 11. His family was deported to Guatemala earlier this week. However, Corado would like to stay because of his cancer treatments at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Corado knows he has less than a week to be in the country he considers home. He moved here when he was 8 years old. Now he's 25, hoping his 26th birthday can be celebrated here. That's if he turns 26, with the cancer invading his body.

Man Fights Cancer, Deportation

As if getting a deportation order and cancer wasn't enough, on the day Jose Corado held a car wash fundraiser, it rained.

His attitude, though, was sunnier than maybe the sun itself.

"Even if it's cold, you feel the warmth of the community and my friends," Corado said.

Even if he and his buddies washed only one car in an hour, he's been through too much to just throw in the towel now.

"That's what kept me going throughout six years, just having faith," he said.

And that faith is what he's hoping will keep him in Utah. When his family moved to America from Guatemala 16 years ago, they applied for political asylum. Just recently they were told to go back.

Corado's girlfriend, Kimber Peart, said, "It's a big mess." She is worried the man she loves will be forced to leave her. But maybe even worse for him, is that the Huntsman Cancer Institute is in Utah, not Guatemala.

"There's that reality there, that there may not be that kind of treatment he might need [in Guatamala]," Peart said.

So he'll keep trying to raise money, even in the rain, because he knows what's just on the other side of those storm clouds.

"My faith is in a higher power -- God. My faith is that He will intervene, and I feel like He's in control and things can work out, even until the last minute," Corado said.

A spokesperson for Senator Orrin Hatch's office says they've spoken to immigration officials about a stay of deportation for Corado for medical reasons, but so far nothing has changed.

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