In her short life, 10-year-old Ana Joyce Huezo has had several close brushes with death. She has undergone 10 operations and last December had a lifesaving kidney transplant at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond.

Although the worst seems to be over for Ana Joyce, mounting hospital bills and a looming immigration dilemma cloud the Salvadoran family's future. Yesterday Ana Joyce, her parents and her little sister came to Washington asking for help.

Local councils of the League of United Latin American Citizens were on hand to greet them. In a gesture of support, officials with the league, which is the oldest and largest Hispanic-American organization in the United States, announced at a news conference that proceeds from their first 10K run through Rock Creek Park on Sept. 19 will go to the Huezo family to help defray Ana Joyce's medical expenses, which already exceed $100,000.

"When a family is in need, we as a community need to respond," said Andres Tobar, former national vice president for the league's northeast region and coordinator of the run. The league's decision to sponsor the Huezo family is unprecedented for the organization, Tobar said.

At the news conference, Ana Joyce, a plump, dark-haired girl,, said she was not scared of the operations and proudly lifted her flowered skirt to show off about a dozen scars that marred her lower chest and belly.

Ana, who was small and pale from early childhood, was told by doctors that she had a rare kidney disease and needed a transplant to live.

After trying unsuccessfully to arrange a transplant in Mexico, the Huezos turned to the United States. They took out a $30,000 mortgage on their home in San Salvador, collected donations from relatives and friends, and in February 1986 Ana Joyce traveled to Richmond with her mother, Luz Elena Huezo, to wait for a suitable donor.

Ana Joyce's father Ricardo, 39, stayed in El Salvador to care for the couple's two other daughters.

As the family's savings diminished, stories about Ana Joyce in Richmond newspapers and on television elicited dozens of offers of money and help. Finally, on Dec. 27, 11 months after arriving, Ana Joyce got her transplant.

Now, the family is seeking to stay in the United States, saying that Ana Joyce will need constant medical monitoring for the rest of her life. "The doctors have told me they will have to keep seeing her as long as she keeps her kidney," said Luz Elena Huezo.

The Huezos, who traveled to the United States on tourist visas, cannot legally work here. They have asked the Immigration and Naturalization Service to allow them to remain permanently.

"We don't want to return {to El Salvador}, because if we leave this country we know we will be taking away {Ana Joyce's} life," said Luz Elena Huezo.