A phone call from Pilita’s son changed both their lives in 2015. He was serving in the U.S. Air Force overseas and was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was rushed back to the States to his home base in Idaho in order to begin cancer treatments immediately.
Pilita wanted to be with her son, but she was 2,000 miles away. “A plane ticket to Idaho is a big, unexpected expense,” she says. “I was worried about the cost, but I just had to get there.”
Wells Fargo team member and U.S. Air Force veteran Mark Durazo knows what it’s like to transition from military to civilian life, and he enjoys sharing his experience — and support — with fellow veterans.
When Wells Fargo team member Mark Durazo was 18 years old and growing up in the small, mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, he wasn’t sure what to do with his life, but he knew he needed to find some kind of purpose. His dad had been a cook for the U.S. Army, and his uncle had retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for more than 25 years, so he decided to follow in their footsteps.
“Those two inspired me to want to serve my country,” Durazo said. “I wanted to give back what they had given.”