Student battles cancer

CIMS student battling cancer receives diploma in hospital; donations welcome
Posted on 08/23/2016

Victor Valley Union High School District employees have started a collection for the family of a Cobalt Institute of Math and Science senior battling cancer, and the school’s principal presented the teen with an honorary diploma this week.

“I was able to do a family visit this morning to Loma Linda Pediatric ICU to visit with Allen Navarro and his mother,” VVUHSD Health Technician Tanya Martin wrote in an email on Tuesday evening. “Allen continues to be on a breathing machine fighting for his life. He has cancer and it has spread throughout his entire body. They are only providing palliative care and comfort measures. Mrs. Navarro was very grateful that Principal Dr. Melda Gaskins had come to see the family on Monday and presented her with Allen’s diploma. She was in tears and expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the care and compassion that their family has received from the VVUHSD staff and students during this difficult time.”

Martin said she and school site staff are collecting funds for the family.

“Mrs. Navarro shared that her husband has been off work for two weeks and had to return in order to pay the mortgage payment,” Martin wrote. “In the meantime Mrs. Navarro is left alone at the hospital to care for Allen alone daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They have no family here other than their immediate family ... She is afraid that she may be alone at the hospital when he passes away.”

CIMS Librarian Luana Weaver said Allen, 17, had been battling cancer since 10th grade. Weaver said Allen had attended CIMS since 7th grade, and she described him as a “good kid” who is quiet but has a sense of humor.

Anyone who would like to donate can contact Luana Weaver at 760-955-2530 ext. 45113 or 45125, or at Tanya Martin is also collecting donations and can be reached at 760-955-3201 ext. 10238 or at

District employees have also set up a GoFundMe page at which will accept donations.

Martin added that CIMS plans to save a seat for Allen at its graduation ceremony next spring and that his senior pictures were taken over the summer.