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This fundraiser ended on 06/01/12

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Joe Ippolito Fund Raiser

Joe Ippolito was diagnoised with Escophageal Cancer in Feburary. Two weeks later he underwent surgery at Cedars Sinai to remove his esphoghaus. This of course was very major surgery as it entailed cutting his stomach and pulling it up to form a new esophagus.

Joe ran his own restaurant in New Jersey for as many years as I can remember. I ate there almost every night so I probably know him better than most folks. I got more than a good meal each night. I got to see Joe's bubbly personality uplift the spirits of his customers. Joe was always positive and cheerful. Everyone left with a full tummy and feeling better than when they walked in. Joe also had a reputation in the community for being a generous and caring man. If he suspected that one of his regular customers was having difficulty it was not uncommon at the register for Joe to say in a soft voice "tonight is on me." He would make up some phony reason like he just won the lottery, put his arm around the customer and escort them out.
This time it is Joe that needs help. If he finds out I wrote this he will not be happy because Joe is a proud man. Until recently Joe has been a popular waiter at a Las Vegas restaurant where hundreds of people have benefited from his bubbly personality. The good news is that Joe's surgery went well, however, the recovery has been extremely difficult with many complications. Until he can resume working Joe needs some financial help. All of his life Joe has been doing good deeds and helping others. Joe is a man that truly deserves help and it is needed now. So please, if you are among the fortunate doing well, consider doing a good deed by making a contribution on behalf of Joe Ippolito.

Owen Kline
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