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Chayo Ross and her six-year-old daughter Diana moved to Las Vegas from Mexico in 1991. She didn’t know anyone in Las Vegas and she didn’t speak English but she had a dream of making a better life for herself and her young daughter. She learned English, attended a Community College and graduated from UNLV with a degree in accounting in 1999. Her dreams were coming true for a new life and she went to work as a financial auditor for the Gaming Control Board of Nevada.

Unfortunately, when she was 27, she was diagnosed with an uncommon immune system deficiency, Sarcoidosis. This disease has no cure and affected her lungs. The illness progressed and in 2005 her lung collapsed and she was told she needed a double lung transplant and would have to use oxygen all the time. She lost her job and her health, but not her courageous strength. In January of 2011, she was placed on the waiting list for candidates for a lung transplant but was removed from the list after one year. By January 2012, Chayo was using 8 to 12 liters of oxygen per minute and using a wheelchair. However, she didn’t abandon her dreams of a better future. She initiated for the fourth time the lung transplant evaluation at a new hospital in California and she has been accepted.

Updates (1)

April 20, 2012

Garage Sale
We are having a garage sale on Saturday April 28th. at Susan’s House.


April 4, 2012

You are a Rockstar, Chayo, and your star shines bright. Love Sharon

Sharon Luton/Las vegas

March 21, 2012

Love you Chayo!