Many of you know and love Junior (Rufino) Zarate, our beloved #15. He is a loyal father, husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, teammate, and member of our community. On May 3rd, after several medical tests, Junior learned from his doctor that he has Stage 4 Colon Cancer that has spread to his liver. As a healthy athlete who got regular annual check ups, this news came as a shock and he and his family are still processing this information. Junior and his beautiful wife Bessy are ready to fight this dreaded disease in every way possible. Junior is the father to 3 little girls, Polette (age 8) , Athena (age 5), and Antonella who was just born on April 12th. Junior currently does not have insurance. We wanted to reach out on behalf of the Zarate family and seek your prayers for his healing and any monetary donation you may wish to give to help Junior and his family during this difficult time. All funds will go directly to Junior’s family to help with medical costs and any future needs he and his family may encounter while he undergoes treatment. Junior has been the “giver” in helping others for many years and now we have an opportunity to give back and show our support to him. Junior has been a fixture in our community for a very long time through his numerous seasons playing professional soccer with the Wilmington Hammerheads, to his many years working at El Cerro Grande, and his time spent in the Wilmington Adult Soccer League. He has blessed many of us with his friendship and contagious smile. We appreciate your prayers and support and ask that you help us share this GoFundMe campaign on your social media so that we can reach the many people who want to help Junior. Donations may also be made to Junior Zarate at the Monkey Junction El Cerro Grande restaurant in Wilmington, NC. We are setting a lofty goal because of the lack of insurance, the costly treatments, and potential loss of work. Thank you for your prayers and support in our “Fight For #15”!