Henry's Live 4 Life

When Henry was 23, he was diagnosed with HIV. Though he has had this challenge for a good portion of his life, this is not the only difficult card he's been dealt. At 38 years old, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had to go through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and nine surgeries in his battle...all with a profound optimism and an exemplary will to win. In 2011, he was told that he had finally escaped the clutches of his condition.

Henry had been cleared, but it turns out that he wasn't done with his battle. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed again with colon cancer on November 26, 2016. And in January of 2017, he started chemotherapy for the second time, which marked his return to the fight as well as his third chance at life.

While Henry has been faced with the daunting reality of colon cancer and all that it entails, he is not giving up. Instead, he's going to win this fight yet again. But Henry's goals are higher than only fighting for himself; he wants to do more about cancer, as he has done in the past.

What Henry wishes to do here is give back to the community. Specifically, he wants to help the Alta Bates Cancer Center in Berkeley, California. He has been getting his treatment there, and he wishes to help with its funding. By us setting up this page, Henry can accomplish two things. First, he can directly assist the facility that is helping him in his own fight. And second, he can do his part in the larger fight against cancer.

So, we are asking for any help that you can offer in Henry's goals. This page is meant to assist Henry with the fight he wishes to take beyond his personal battle. Not only does he plan to use this page, but as an artist, he plans to auction his work off so that he can fund his goals.

A piece that Henry dedicated to his close and special friend Roger, who passed away last July from liver cancer:

If you have read this far, we wish to thank you for your time. You have our most heartfelt appreciation for taking this moment to read a bit about Henry's story. He is a brave and caring individual, and he is doing what is right while making the best of his circumstances. Anything that you can offer is met with our most profound gratitude, and we hope that we can make the best out of Henry's situation.

And again, thank you for listening. We hope that you have a beautiful day.


Henry Joel Martinez
Berkeley, CA

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