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Joe Senkyr Minjares Medical Fund

$39,895 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 483 people in 11 months
Created October 9, 2017
Joe Minjares Senkyr is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis a progressive incurable lung disease.
This condition was first diagnosed in 2011 and has gone from at first an inconvenience to now a condition requiring that he needs oxygen therapy 24 hours a day. He is now limited in his activities while he awaits a lung transplant. He recently was placed on the transplant list at the University of Minnesota.

Along with many other impacts of the disease Joe has been limited in his energy to continue operating Pepitos the popular South Minneapolis restaurant business that he and his wife Sue established some 40 years ago. As a result of the complications of the disease Joe is in a dire situation having exhausted his financial resources while facing substantial ongoing personal medical expenses.

As a businessman, entertainer, comedian and community activist Joe has contributed to the improvement of his community throughout his career.  His expansion of Pepitos and the customers it brought attracted other businesses to the neighborhood making 48th and Chicago a vital business community. He has been generous with his resources in supporting youth activities at McRae Park and community services throughout the years. As an example Joe has provided a free Thanksgiving meal for the community for many years, he also served a Christmas breakfast at the nearby St. Joseph's Childrens Home, complete with an appearance by Santa. 

Recently with Joe's acquisition of the Parkway Theater he has provided a reasonably priced site for high school reunions, hosted live video of Presidential debates and presented a variety of live entertainment acts.

In the words of a local resident "..it isn't difficult for me to extol how much Joe & Sue have meant, not only to the neighborhood, but to the much larger neighborhood of the TC Metro area and well beyond" 

Joe who has helped so many others over the years, now is in need of help both medically and financially. A group of friends and associates have established this GoFundMe effort as one way of meeting some of his financial needs.

Joe's financial needs are urgent.  All donations will go directly to Joe and Sue to immediately assist them with their financial needs.
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Thank you for your generous support. Your financial support has totaled nearly $40,000 of our goal of $50,000. To get to our goal we need to reach out further and all of you can help. Please share this campaign through social media and word of mouth.

Much has occurred since this project began last fall. Most importantly Joe has a new lung and is getting better. Unfortunately Pepitos financial problems led to forfeiting its' liquor license and eventually to closing as of December 31. Following is a Facebook post from Joe..
"Those first few months of business were pretty sparse. Sue and I would spend many evenings eating our own food and watching television. I remember I'd buy a few steaks from Dealers market down the street and at 8:30pm I'd run into the kitchen and put them on the charcoal broiler, get our baked potato, and we sit and watch a new show called "Saturday Night Live" and wouldn't be disturbed through the whole hour. Then Sue said "why don't you have your mom make some tacos?" I was a little skeptical but said okay. A few days passed and now it was Sue, Mom and I eating steaks on Saturday night

But then, YOU, came. I asked, YOU, if you'd ever tried a taco. YOU said no and I gave YOU one. The next week YOU came back and asked for another one but this time YOU brought a friend. Then your friend brought a friend. Then they brought their families. That's how it started for us.

But it all started with YOU. So thank YOU. I can never, ever thank YOU enough. To all of YOU I send my very best wishes for a great new year. To all the generations that didn't get a chance to eat mom's cooking....... believe what you hear about it. You don't know what you missed!.............Love Sue, Joe,"
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From Pam Senkyr
“Update on Pops:

Dad is still doing great! He's finally home and it hasn't even been 2 weeks since surgery. We are all a little nervous but, we know what to do to care for him during his recovery. He still isn't having visitors and can't for awhile since doctors do not want him around many people because of his immune system. Continued love and support is appreciated during all of this. He has been surrounded by family and got to watch the game in his family room with his sons and grandsons, such a beautiful thing to see. Gary also made him his famous French toast and my Dad was in heaven❤️“
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Joe is out of the hospital and at home. No oxygen required!
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Another update from Pam Senkyr.
"Update on pops:
My Dad is out of ICU!!! He's doing well and eating. They do not want him to have visitors because they don't want him to get sick. So before he went in for surgery his oxygen level was at a 10 and now he's at a 1!!!! He can finally breathe again and not struggle anymore. I'm SO happy!!❤️""
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Raised by 483 people in 11 months
Created October 9, 2017
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