Devotion to Family Weaves Common Thread

Enrique Avalos Jr., left, and his dad, right, congratulate Raymundo Fuentes for earning the Esmeralda Rosalia Avalos Nursing scholarship. The trio posed in front of a photo portrait of Dolph and Janey Briscoe.

By Laura Nelson

When Enrique Avalos Sr.’s daughter Esmeralda passed away unexpectedly in 2013, he and his family looked beyond their sorrow to celebrate her ideals, raising money for scholarships that would benefit Sul Ross Rio Grande College students.

With the same commitment to honoring family, Raymundo Fuentes and his family chose a long-term commitment when his father was diagnosed with kidney failure. Rather than dropping off their loved one at a hemodialysis center several days per week, family members take turns performing manual dialysis several times per day in the home. Referring to his daily devotion to taking care of his dad, Raymundo said, “I like it. That time is set aside every day for me to spend with my dad.”

Raymundo earned the Esmeralda Rosalia Avalos Nursing scholarship and recently traveled from his home in Eagle Pass to Uvalde to meet and visit with Enrique Avalos Sr. and Enrique Avalos Jr. “I am very thankful to the Avalos family and to the BSN program for making it easier for students to finish their schooling and complete their goals. The instructors are excellent and have helped me grow and become a leader in my work area,” said Fuentes.

Raymundo’s dedication extends to his long-term goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. In the short term, he is completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at RGC with plans to graduate in December. He earned his Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Southwest Texas Junior College, and when he received his RN licensure, he went to work at Ft. Duncan Regional Medical Center where he still works today. He and his wife Maria Huereca make their home in Eagle Pass with their son, Angel.