Alexa Rondon and her mother, Karen Flores, received a 2006 Nissan Altima, courtesy of D\u2019Addario Nissan of Shelton, in order to make attending their doctor appointments as easy as possible. \u2014 Aaron Berkowitz photo D\u2019Addario Nissan of Shelton donated a 2006 Nissan Altima to a family struggling to make it to doctor\u2019s appointments to receive cancer treatments. After a very draining few months, and a tough journey ahead of them, both Alexa Rondon, 15, and her mother, Karen Flores, were ecstatic to learn that they would be driving to their Bridgeport home in a new car that had been given to them by Tom D\u2019Addario of D\u2019Addario Nissan in Shelton. \u201cI thought she was lying to me, but now that I\u2019m here, all I can say is \u2018wow,\u2019\u201d said Rondon with a big smile on her face. https:\/\/youtu.be\/jyi-C3-cBhA But this well-deserved gift didn\u2019t come without some extremely trying times. A year and a half ago, Flores learned that she had breast cancer. Shortly after her diagnosis, Flores was let go from her job as a nanny because she was frequently unable to get to work because of her doctor\u2019s appointments. Her unemployment ultimately resulted in her falling six months behind on her rent. In an effort to keep from being evicted, Flores contacted Swim Across the Sound to see if the organization would be able to assist her in her time of need. Flores got hold of Lyn McCarthy, executive director of the St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center Foundation, which is a sponsor of Swim Across the Sound. McCarthy said that, fortunately, the foundation was able to help Flores keep her home. But, unfortunately, Flores\u2019s family\u2019s troubles were not over. Just a month and a half ago, Flores called the Swim organization looking for help again because Alexa had just been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. With her daughter sick, Flores was unable to work and once again was on the verge of being evicted. \u201cShe couldn\u2019t work because she had to attend her own doctor\u2019s appointments as well as her daughter\u2019s. She told me that they were relying on her sister\u2019s car to get to and from their appointments. It was heartbreaking,\u201d said McCarthy, before explaining that Swim would once again help the family to keep their home. With transportation obviously being an issue for the family, McCarthy told Flores she would do what she could to help them out. That\u2019s where the owner of D\u2019Addario Nissan, Tom D\u2019Addario, came into the equation. D\u2019Addario has been a longtime supporter of Swim Across the Sound and made a donation of a vehicle four years ago, according to McCarthy. When she learned that D\u2019Addario would once again make a life-changing donation, McCarthy became emotional. \u201cI cried,\u201d said McCarthy. \u201cWords cannot express the gratitude for how great he\u2019s been to us. We\u2019re beyond thankful for him.\u201d Both Flores and Rondon said they were extremely grateful for and excited to drive off in their family\u2019s new car. \u201cWe didn\u2019t expect it, so when we heard, we were amazed,\u201d said Flores. \u201cWe\u2019re going to go home to show it to my mom.\u201d Just one year too young to get behind the wheel herself, Alexa said that in a year she will learn to drive.