Vinny Garcia's Family Needs Help!

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Raised by 591 people in 59 months
Honestly, it's hard to know where to begin in this story, but since this is friends and people who know the Garcia family, most of this is known already.

This is a family rocked by tragedy, lost their business, house, cars a little over a year ago. Michelle's father, a pediatric urologist, passed away soon after . A fee weeks after that , their 7 year old was diagnosed with two kidney disorders , leaving the family devastated.

Three weeks ago, Vinny, father to three and amazing husband of 14 years, was diagnosed with A L L leukemia . Chemo started immediatley and he was given excellent care at NorthShore Skokie Hospital but it wasn't enough. Two days ago his system went into shock, he developed colitis and his organs began to fail, with his kidneys taking the worst of it.

He is now in the ICU and on life support. Things are changing by the minute, good and bad, but this is now the beginning of a very long journey he and his family will be taking.

Due to the loss of the business, the family has no savings , no stocks, bonds, they have what they have in front of them. They have legal and tax bills withdrawn from there account for the business which cannot be stopped, tremendous medical bills from the first few weeks of chemo, rent for the house they live in with their three children. I'm sure you can imagine. The aftercare is going to be tremendous and when vinny comes home, he will need a full time nurse. The children need child care, food needs to be put on the table.

These are good people, who work hard and love each other very much. Any support you are able to give would be a huge help. Michelle, vinnys wife, really needs to worry about him and the children, she shouldn't have to worry about loosing their house, again.

Thank you for anything you are able to offer.

*Update: My husband passed away at noon on December 1st from complications caused by a blood born infection he got while in the hospital, at death he was cancer free. I am completely devastated.
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At 11:23 am, exactly one month ago I lost the most important person in my life, my husband, my partner, the father to my children and the person who taught me that it was ok to won't always get hurt.

To say I miss him is not enough, I am broken, I am lost and I am angry. This should not have happened.

I am trying to move on. I hear what you all have to say, I know I need to do right by Vinny and our children. I have managed to keep my wits about me, not fall back into old habits, wake up everyday trying to move forward.

Thank you all so much for the financial support you have given us, it has been a huge help. I wish you all a great new year. I hope it doesn't suck as bad as the last one.
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Happy Holidays friends, these are very sad days and I wish I had more to say, but Ive been quiet and it is helping fend off the depression. You all helped my children have a Merry Christmas and I am so grateful for that. For those of you in Chicago please join me, Mark Thomas and many others, tomorrow at Kumas. Please see below.


In Memory of Vinny
Please join us and Kuma's Corner in reaching out and helping our dear friend Michelle and her children. Michelle's husband, Vinny, passed away December 1st, leaving her a single mother of three.

The charity event will be held at
Kuma's Corner
Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9 PM

There will be raffles, gift bags, and giveaways.

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I have been silent, and so many of you have been reaching out to see if I am ok. To be honest, I don't know how to answer that really. I am empty, angry, confused and so incredibly sad. The sadness feels black if that makes sense.

I miss my husband. I am angry with myself for wasting so much time with him, for not telling him how much I loved him as much as I should have, for making work more important than family, for not listening to him when it was vital I did. I always thought of myself as a very dedicated wife. I mean, I have "thug wife" tattooed on my throat! However, looking back, there are so many regrets.

This has been some of my darkest days. I have been able to hold it together enough to celebrate my oldest sons birthday, to work a little and be both mom and dad at home, though two of my children are fighting me and are just much angrier than ever before. However, when I am alone in my car, or the kids are asleep, I break. I just cannot accept he is really gone. This just cannot be happening to us.

Because of the support I have received here, from all of you, I have been able to hire a nanny, put a down payment on my house so we can finally know we have a real home (hopefully), and start to make a dent in this pile of bills, though it is a small dent. I will be eternally grateful to each of you. I know there are many other people in need, but you chose my family. Thank you so very much.
Vinny was insanely talented. Few compete
The very best father
He was ALWAYS at your level
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It has been such a rough week. There really are no words to describe what life is like right now but empty is the closest.

So may of you came to show your love and support for my husband and my family on Wednesday. The amount of people alone shows me how much he was loved and how many people he touched. I don't know what I believe right now but I truly hope he was able to see what I saw. Only then do I believe he could rest in peace. It kills me knowing that he died feeling like he had failed.

I could never have fathomed this kind of support 17 days ago when all this began. I thought I was asking for help that would span a few months, a nurse for my husband, a nanny. I had no idea. Thank you isn't good enough, please know how grateful I am. Not just for the donations, I am so grateful for the friendship, the food deliveries, the cards and all the benefits which have happened or are being planned.

There is a light that got turned off, all I can see is darkness. Tomorrow is my birthday (Technically I started "celebrating" Saturday, which is my father's (rip) birthday, it is a tradition Vinny and I started 15 years ago. Later in the month is my son Gabriel's birthday and Ollie turns 3 in January. I have a very hard time believing Vinny would have made the choice to leave us right now. He should have put up the Christmas tree already. I'm almost waiting for it to happen, but I know it won't.

Anyhow, I have my husbands ashes, I keep them next to my bed. I don't know why I decided to put them there, but there he is, and he will stay there until the spring.

Thank you again, to all of you.
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Raised by 591 people in 59 months
Created November 21, 2013
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53 months ago
Cheryl Lew
54 months ago

I met you at a Food Network Competition and know how hard and dedicated you both are. Sorry for your loss.

Tony Cacciavillani
56 months ago

Hi Michelle, I was heartbroken to say least and am so sorry about Vinny's passing. I always loved working with you guys and loved what an incredible family you two had. I always saw this great big guy with even bigger love for you and your children in his heart. Life is so unfair and my thoughts and prayers are with you always! Your friend, Tony

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