Angelica Cano

Last updated: 2006

Angelica Cano

2006 Beat the Odds Honoree

Family life was hard for Angelica Cano, with her mother incarcerated and her father suffering from chronic illness, exacerbated by drug and alcohol use. A few years ago, Angelica’s father died, leaving her and her three siblings in the foster care system. A neighbor and as Angelica describes, an “angel sent from above” took them all into her household and provided much needed stability. Unfortunately this stability was short-lived; Angelica’s oldest sister left shortly after their father’s death and did not stay in touch with Angelica or her siblings; her younger sister experienced serious emotional and behavioral problems and had to be removed from the home. Angelica worked hard to keep her spirits up and tried to care for her younger brother. Her college counselor affirms that “Even though her story is a heartbreaker, she does not use it as an excuse but rather as a motivating factor that keeps her going.” The harsh realities Angelica faced have not stopped her from pushing to achieve her dreams. Her resolve to attend college is evident in her high GPA and standing in her class and her participation in AVID, where she has been placed in some of her school’s toughest courses. In spite of the challenges in her own life, Angelica has decided to devote herself to others. She says: “I know I must continue my education to make a difference to be able to help others…I do believe that there is success out there for me.” CDF-California is very proud to acknowledge Angelica as a 2006 CDF Beat the Odds® honoree.