Juanâ??s Project: Juan Gallegos loses battle with lung cancer

UPDATE: Funeral services for Juan Gallegos will be today at 2 p.m. at Rock Church services by Boxwell Brothers.

After four months of battling lung cancer, Juan Gallegos of Juanâ??s Project passed away Sunday.

Although family and friends all knew this day would come, they were not quite ready to accept.

â??We all knew going into it, the most likely possible outcome what was going to happen,â?? said Miguel Sandoval. â??Itâ??s just hard for it to be so soon.â??

The community rallied behind Juan and his family after discovering his disease and helped create Juanâ??s Project, efforts to renovate his home since he was no longer able to do so.

â??Juanâ??s project was something special. It started out just wanting to get some of the things done for what we were able to do, the whole home renovations,â?? said Matt Kirkeeng of Scotto, one of the people that came up with the idea for the project. â??We did above and beyond and it gives me great pleasure to know that we were able to do that.â??

For the month of May, people donated their time, resources and money to help with the project. Fortunately, Juan survived long enough to see the final product.

â??Iâ??m just glad that we were able to give him some piece so he didnâ??t have to worry about that stuff while he was going through what he was going through,â?? said Kirkeeng.

Although saddened to have lost a husband, a father, a cousin and a friend, those closest to Juan are not just left with a newly renovated home, but countless memories and the legacy he left behind.

Funeral services for Juan will be Thursday at Rock Church.