For those of you who know my dad, you know how amazing of a person he is. The second he walks into a room, it seems to come alive with a tangible energy that few people can replicate. He can enter a room where he knows absolutely no one, and by the end of the afternoon, he’ll leave with ten new friends (He’s already befriended most of his nurses and doctors in just the past three days). My dad has worked insanely hard his entire life, and he is my personal hero. Seeing him struggle through this enormous and unexpected challenge has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to witness, but I know that he has the strength and resolve to continue to persevere and meet his recovery checkpoints head on. As a chef, my dad has always loved to cook for other people. I can’t even begin to count the number of times he has spent hours in the kitchen cooking for friends who are feeling under the weather, who are going through tough times, or even who simply mentioned earlier in the day that they had no plans for dinner. Whether it be bowls of lobster bisque, whole roasted fish, or handmade beignets, my dad truly believes that good food brings happiness, and that everything tastes better when shared with friends. The past two years have been tough on our entire family, but we have stayed strong together, often talking through the difficult times at the dinner table. Looking towards 2018, we had a positive outlook in the hopes that eventually the call would come, and we are so grateful that it did.
However, this belated Christmas miracle that we received also comes at an extraordinarily high cost. Even with my parents’ insurance, the surgery and time spent in the hospital alone is going to cost them tens of thousands of dollars. In addition, he is going to have to take expensive anti-rejection medicine, in order to ensure that his new liver is always accepted by his body, for the rest of his life. My parents have always worked extremely hard to support my sister and I, and we decided to start this campaign in order to return the favor. When times are tough, it is important to lean on the support of friends and family, and my dad is the most deserving man I know. Any and all donations are insanely appreciated, no matter the amount. Please continue to keep my dad in your thoughts and prayers as he works to recover, and we all know he’ll be back cooking in the kitchen before we know it. -Jordan Reyes
Thank you all so much for your donations, thoughts, and prayers,
The Reyes Family