Lita is the co-founder of one of the largest events held in New Mexico, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. Just three days before the start of the 25th annual Gathering of Nations, she was rushed to an Albuquerque hospital. She found out later that she was near death. On January 8, 2010, Lita and her family were told that she would need a liver transplant, a small cancer had developed in her liver.
At the start of the 2010 Gathering of Nations, Lita and her family received a call informing them that the medical exams on the potential living donor had all gone well, the date for her transplant was set. On May 28, 2010, she received her life-saving liver transplant from a living donor, a long-time friend, Beverly.
With this transplant, Lita is able to fill her life with good music, powwows, dancing and the Gathering of Nations. She and her family continue to thank everyone who have sent good feelings, prayers and financial help. Lita is encouraging everyone to consider signing up to be an organ donor. She says that if it was not for the generosity of a great and wonderful individual who shared her liver with her, she may not be alive today. Becoming an organ donor helps keep the circle unbroken and the celebration of life going.