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Updated Dec 24, 2013 - 7:11 am

Valley mom spreads holiday cheer in honor of son

A Valley mom continues to spread holiday cheer in honor of her son, Junior.

"In September 2010, there was an accident with a barbeque grill," Sandra Paredes said. "He was burned over 95 percent of his body and only lived six days."

Since her son's death, Sandra Paredes has been collecting new toys and delivering them personally to the sick children at Maricopa Medical Center where her son died.

"It's bittersweet," she said. "It's sweet to see the kids smile, but I remember everything that happened when I was here."

The annual event has been named, "Junior's Christmas Blessings."

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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