Julio Olivo's Funeral Expenses

UPDATE on Julio Olivo  - Sept. 3, 2017

Our dear friend Julio Olivo passed away today at 3:53 p.m. peacefully surrounded by love, prayers and listening to the Beatles. Rest in peace, amigo...

Nuestro querido amigo Julio Olivo murio hoy en paz a las 3:53 p.m. rodeado de amor, oraciones y escuchando la musica de los Beatles. Descansa en paz, amigo...

UPDATE on Julio Olivo - Aug. 28, 2017


Julio's condition remains critical in the ICU. But nothing can beat our prayers in the eyes of God.

Let's continue to pray and rally for our dear Julio. Our prayer chain is strong and there is no doubt our Lord is listening. 

Julio needs us more than ever before. Thank you for continuing with your donations...

Un abrazo amigo... 

UPDATE ON Julio Olivo - Aug. 7, 2017 

UPDATE on Julio Olivo
August 21, 2017


It's been almost four weeks since we last heard from Julio. Unfortunately, his condition remains critical in the ICU. We are very short from reaching half of our fundraising goal. It's beautiful to see people around the globe rallying for Julio. Let's continue to rally around Julio who needs us more than ever before. . #TodosconJulio



Julio is responding to commands!!!  Doctors told Julio's family that the brain swelling is coming down and that there is 'considerable improvement.'

Julio is also moving his mouth more.  His brother, and good friend, Eddie Perez, could not believe it when they asked Julio to squeeze his eyes three times and he DID IT.

Thank you Lord for listening to our prayers. which we ask in Your name and that of your only son, Jesus Christ. 


ACTUALIZACIÓN de Julio Olivo - 7 de agosto de 2017

Julio está respondiendo a las ordenes !!

Los médicos le dijeron a su familia que la inflamación del cerebro está disminuyendo y que hay una "mejoria considerable".

Julio tambien está moviendo mas su boca. El hermano de Julio y buen amigo, Eddie Pérez, no podían creer cuando le pidieron a Julio le apretara los ojos tres veces y lo HIZO. 

Gracias Señor por escuchar nuestras oraciones, las que continuamos con toda nuestra fe en Ti y en nombre de tu hijo Jesus.


END UPDATE for Aug. 7, 2017

On July 22, my friend Julio Olivo had emergency quintuple bypass (heart) surgery at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas. Three days later, Julio called me from the ICU, saying he was pleased the worst was over.  Julio fainted and lost consciousness an hour later.

Doctors were able to stabilize Julio after a 40 minute attempt. They sedated him to prevent pain and they removed sedatives a day or so later.

Julio is no longer sedated yet he is still unconcious and in ICU. His prognosis is unknown.

This fundraising campaign is urgent because Julio is UNINSURED and UNEMPLOYED. 

Julio, a video journalist and a father of two, was recently laid off from his Communications Specialist job at the University of Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville.  

He was in the process of re-applying for disability benefits that were recently denied despite a recent heart attack.

When I spoke to Julio on Tuesday, his biggest concern was: "Who is going to pay for this?" I told Julio to focus on his recovery because it was very likely that his disability request would no longer be denied. 

To learn more about Julio Olivo:

Julio is an avid Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop leader who loves to camp with his children, Bruno, 20, an Eagle Scout and college student, and Sara, 13,  despite the sizzling heat in South Texas.  He is also a gifted artist and an avid Beatles fan. His favorite Beatle: John Lennon. 

Julio is very well-known, loved and respected in the Rio Grande Valley by people from all walks of life. He has held various jobs as a member of the media for outlets that include RGV Proud, Univision, Televisa and Vallevision.  

But perhaps Julio is best known for his days as
a young video journalist at KGBT-TV 4, where I had the pleasure of meeting him as a young reporter in the early 90s.

Thank you for keeping Julio and his family in your prayers. 

Let's rally around Julio so we can help him in any way we can during this very difficult and uncertain time...
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Paty Gonzalez-Portillo
Brownsville, TX
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