“She did awesome,” Harper said, regarding Murrietta’s response to an eight-hour surgery to remove a baseball-sized tumor at UCSF Medical Center.
Murrietta has been a server at the Tracy restaurant since it opened seven years ago. She was diagnosed with the tumor on Oct. 15.
“She was expected to stay in the ICU four days and she was there a day, and she was supposed to stay in the hospital longer than four days and she was home in three days,” Harper said.
Murrietta is married and has two children.
Restaurant manager Naomi Brunet said Murrietta attended a softball game on Sunday, Oct. 27, to watch her husband play ball.
“She’s an incredibly strong woman,” Brunet said. “We kind of figured it would be hard to keep her down, and so far she has proven us right.”
To help with medical costs not covered by Murrietta’s health insurance, her co-workers have been rallying behind her with a series of fundraisers.
A bake sale outside Rumors on 10th hair salon on Oct. 23 raised $500 (see previous story), and a carwash fundraiser is planned from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Texas Roadhouse parking lot, 2422 Naglee Road.
Those who wish to donate to help Murrietta can do so during the carwash, at the restaurant or online at www.giveforward.com by searching for “Leslie Murrietta.”
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