Friday, March 05, 2010

A Living Legend Might Not Live Much Longer Without Our Help

Jaime Escalante, on whom the movie Stand and Deliver is based, is a legend and hero amongst math teachers. Today he's in Reno, Nevada, for cancer treatment, but can't afford it. Edward James Olmos, who portrayed Escalante in the movie, presents an appeal for donations:

Jaime didn’t just teach math. Like all great teachers, he changed lives. Gang members became aerospace engineers. Kids who had spent their youth convinced their lives didn’t matter discovered they were leaders.

Now, Kimo needs our help. He is seriously ill, and the treatment he needs has depleted all the funds his family can raise. They did not want to ask for help, but we took it upon ourselves to get the word out to all the country and around the world, to make his final days as comfortable as possible – and maybe even give him a chance to beat the cancer that has afflicted him...

How to help

Send a check payable to:

“Friends of Jaime” c/o FASE
236 West Mountain Street, Suite 105
Pasadena, CA 91103
For questions call: 626-793-5300
Suesan Walker, email - or via fax 626-577-2677

I hope my readers will join me in making even a small donation to help a great man.


mazenko said...

Thanks for informing of this, Darren.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I shall send $50.

Mike in Texas said...

Thanks for posting this, Darren

Anonymous said...

We should all be ashamed that this can happen to this man in this country.


Darren said...

I'm not sure it happened to him "in this country". He returned to Bolivia several years ago. I don't know where he's been living recently, or what got him to Reno.

It doesn't matter, though. If you can help, it would be good if you did.