Ernie Reyes, Jr. is a man whose career has always been about fighting. With a movie resume spanning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Sidekicks, and Rush Hour 2, and known for competing in the MMA, this man has seen his share of battles.
Reyes’ latest battle is one he’s really struggling with, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. He is suffering with kidney failure, and now the internet is rallying to keep him around a little longer.
The problem is that Reyes needs a new kidney, and he apparently needs help raising the money to get the transplant. He has been undergoing dialysis treatments until the money is available, even posting a selfie on Instagram to prove he’s not going down without a fight.
Ernie Reyes, Jr.’s fans wouldn’t expect any less from a man whose brief mixed martial arts fighting record was 3-0. He has even taken on some of Hollywood’s action film elite, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who is also an actor with a career in fighting). However, kidney failure is one opponent he can’t simply punch or kick and make it go away.
Destiny Reyes, Ernie’s sister, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the transplant her brother desperately needs, and as of this article, it has raised over $52,000 out of the $75k he needs. Even his dad, Kwan Jang Nim Ernie Reyes Sr., has contributed words of encouragement to the campaign aimed at saving his son.
“I’d like to thank everyone around the world for sending their love and prayers to Ernie Jr and the Reyes family in this time of need. To everyone that has conveyed their unconditional love, I would like to return that positive energy flow back to you with the deepest gratitude and appreciation.”
Currently undergoing the treatment to keep him alive three times a week, four hours each time, Ernie Reyes, Jr. has even commented on the campaign to save him. He thanks everyone for their “love and support” during his time of need.
If you want to contribute to helping the career fighter conquer his latest battle, click here and give what you can.
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