Nakikipaglaban ngayon sa kanyang sakit sa kidney ang Hollywood actor na si Ernie Reyes, Jr.
May dugong Pinoy si Ernie at nakilala siya sa Hollywood sa edad na 13 nang magbida sa pelikulang The Last Dragon noong 1985.
Kasalukuyang naka-confine sa ICU (Intensive Care Unit) ng isang ospital sa Texas ang 43-year-old actor, undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week for four hours habang naghihintay para sa kanyang kidney transplant.
Nag-set up ng isang GoFundMe page ang kanyang sister na si Destiny Reyes noong June 5 para makatulong na makalap ang amount para sa kidney transplant ng aktor.
Heto ang mensahe na sinulat ni Destiny para sa kidney transplant fund ni Ernie sa GoFundMe page:
“Thank you for taking a moment to see why and how you can make a difference.
“My brother, Ernie Reyes Jr., was recently in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) fighting for his life suffering from kidney failure.
“Ernie is currently undergoing dialysis treatment 3 times per week for 4 hours a day while waiting for a kidney transplant.
“This is a very challenging time not only for Ernie Jr.’s immediate family, but a challenging time for our family as well.
“My father, Ernie Reyes, Sr. [Founder of Ernie Reyes West Coast World Martial Arts], is 100% committed to helping Ernie however he can.
“You may know or remember Ernie as a child in Last Dragon and Sidekicks, or as that teenager from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
“You may also remember him from The Rundown with 'The Rock' or even his most recent star appearance on NCIS: Los Angeles.
“My brother has spent his entire childhood and adult life fighting in films and television, but now his battle has gone from the screen to reality, fighting for his life.
“Regardless of where you have seen or heard of Ernie Reyes Jr., he has impacted peoples' lives all over the world through his extraordinary performances in television and film.
“Please be aware that he needs support during this time of need and recovery of his life.
“Thank you for your support, Destiny Reyes”
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GRATEFUL FOR SUPPORT. Nagpasalamat si Ernie sa ginawa ng kanyang sister sa pamamagitan ng Twitter at Instagram.
Nag-post pa siya ng isang mirror selfie last June 8 kunsaan makikita ang isang bandage sa kanyang katawan dahil sa kanyang pagpapa-dialysis.
“Much love to my sister for starting a kidney transplant fund for me. I love you girl!
“I don't know what I would do without all your love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. #grateful.”
Nagpadala naman ng mensahe sa GoFundMe page ang kanyang amang si Kwan Jang Nim Ernie Reyes Sr. sa kanyang anak .
“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.”
Ang kailangan ma-raise para sa gagawing kidney transplant operation ni Ernie ay $75,000.
Sa loob ng pitong araw, nakakalap na ng halagang $47,950 mula sa 1,081 people ang GoFundMe.
FILMOGRAPHY. Pinanganak si Ernie Reyes Jr. sa San Jose, California, U.S.A., at isang actor/stuntman ang kanyang ama na si Ernie Reyes Sr.
Sa edad na six years old ay sumali si Ernie Jr. sa martial arts group ng kanyang ama na West Coast Demo Team.
Noong1985, Ernie made his screen debut in the 1985 film The Last Dragon at isang box-office hit ito.
That same year, nasundan ito ng pelikulang Red Sonja kunsaan nakatrabaho ni Ernie sina Arnold Schwarzenegger at Brigette Nielsen.
Naging stunt double si Ernie para sa character ni Donatello sa unang Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie noong 1990.
Noong 1991, binigay ang role na Keno, isang pizza delivery boy kay Ernie sa Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze.
Nabigyan din ng starring role si Ernie sa pelikulang Surf Ninjas noong1993.
Lumabas din si Ernie sa mga pelikulang White Wolves II with Elizabeth Berkley; Rush Hour 2 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker; The Rundown with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Poolhall Junkies with Christopher Walken; at Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull with Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett and Shia LeBeouf.
Naging stunt performer naman si Ernie sa mga pelikulang Alice In Wonderland, Avatar, and Act of Valor.
Gumawa rin ng ilang TV shows si Ernie tulad ng Sidekicks, The Last Electric Knight, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, MacGyver, at NCIS: Los Angeles.
Noong 2006, nagkaroon ng sariling martial arts reality show si Ernie sa MTV na pinamagatang Final Fu.
Isa ring mixed martial arts professional si Ernie na may record na 3-0 sa Strikeforce, isang mixed martial arts organization na nag-i-specialize sa Muay Thai at kickboxing.