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This fundraiser ended on 09/14/12

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The friends and family of Jose Lopez want to raise enough money for Jose to have his desperately wanted and much needed weight loss surgery.

Jose Lopez weighs over 400 pounds yet I am convinced that at least 200 of those pounds is all heart. As his friend, I have witnessed and been on the receiving end of his incredibly generous spirit. As his co-worker, I have seen him work circles around those half his size.



Jose has been a professional cook for most of his working life. While it might seem easy to diagnose his problem as one of excessive eating, the reality is that he has fought obesity from the time he was a very young boy. Amazingly fit due to all the athletic activity in his younger years, Jose is now in his 30's, and dealing with the very real physical dangers of obesity.

There are not many people in the restaurant profession who can maintain a pleasant and humorous outlook every day. Jose is one of those few who can bring joy and lightness to each day and laugh at all the things that make other people want to scream.




I have never seen a more committed candidate for weight loss surgery. Already, Jose has lost nearly thirty pounds in preparation for his new lifestyle.

The company insurance that Jose has contributed to for over four years does not cover his surgery. It will cost him over $20,000 in out of pocket expenses. As his Chef, I can absolutely testify that a cook's salary will not pay off that debt for many years. He is absolutely determined to pay his own way in order to fulfill this dream but family and friends can certainly help offset the burden by contributing whatever they can.

Please help in whatever way you can.
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