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Hope for Eddy
$3,650 raised
73% of $5k goal
44 contributors
3 Years running

Eddy Rios is the stepfather of my best friend, Alexander Higuero, and someone very dear to my heart. Eddy and Alex's mom, Merchy, welcomed me into their home and lives in 1996 as an 18 year-old exchange student in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. As my surrogate parents for a year, they took great pains to ensure I was always well fed and safe. They treated me like family and I'll never forget their kindness. 

I've kept in close touch with Alex and his family for the past 20 years. I was lucky to serve as Alex's best man in his wedding in 2005 and he in mine in 2011. The family continues to live (and survive) in Venezuela, which is now a shell of the place it once was.  

In November 2015, Eddy was diagnosed with advanced-stage prostate cancer. He went through multiple rounds of chemotherapy before discovering the cancer had spread to his lungs. As the disease continues to advance, Eddy's doctors recently prescribed medication used to treat late-stage (metastatic) prostate cancer. However, due to Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crisis, basic necessities, including food and toilet paper, are no longer readily available, much less important cancer-fighting drugs or medical insurance to cover costs.

Eddy's only option is to have his strong network of family and friends obtain this urgent medication from other countries at an exorbitantly high cost (plus the shipping expense/delay). While friends in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. have located Xtandi, Zytiga, and Prednisone for Eddy, these medications costs thousands of dollars. 

Eddy is a great man and loving father and grandfather. He has certainly been a blessing in my life and I'm proud to call him my friend...and part of my family. Please help us help Eddy. Thank you.

-Kent 

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