Calling all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fans! This is an important update for those who want to make a difference for the life of one of our beloved TMNT actors. Ernie Reyes Jr seriously needs our help and everyone of us could take part in this hard time for him. For those who do not know Ernie Reyes Jr was Donatello’s stunt double in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 and Keno in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Right now his life is in the hands of the medical world and he needs help from all of us.
So often in life people go on enjoying entertainment without a way to truly Thank those who bring it to us. While those actors, writers, directors, creators and all are often donating to charities, doing fund raisings for important causes and helping the “Make a Wish Foundation” in bringing dreams to those who are suffering. Often if these entertainers are having problems it either ends up on the gossip news or never noticed. Though thanks to crowd funding, now they can plead out to those around to help when things go bad for them.
Ernie Reyes Jr. was recently in the I.C.U. (Intensive Care Unit) for Kidney Failure. Even with knowing this, he’s gone on with promises of appearing at events. Ernie made time to appear at Tulsa Comic Con Expo on May 22nd to the 24th. During this time he was already on dialysis. This says a lot about any human going through a hard time, to still take the time out and see his fans. He isn’t letting his problem stop him from living, he’s being strong and going on. An inspiration for anyone who is going through something scary and hard. If he can take the time for us, we should take a moment for him.
He needs a Kidney transplant, and as anyone who’s had to deal with the medical world knows, staying alive is a costly thing. With or without Insurance in the United States, people have to pay out a lot through life, to remain on this world with our loved ones. This being said, a gofundme account has been started by Destiny Reyes, Ernie’s sister. They are working to raise $75 Thousand dollars to help Ernie through everything. As of now they’ve raised almost $22,000 from the help of 405 people. This places them at almost a third of what is needed. I am hoping that if we all band together, we can get him pass the asking amount to help him through a speedy recovery.
Here on Cowabunga Corner I’ve seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fandom come together to help a child who lost his collection in a house fire, I have witness as people have come forward to help my family as we’re in the midst of losing our family home and I have seen everyone come together just to raise money for the simple cause of getting Cowabunga Corner’s equipment upgraded for better quality blogs. All of that seems small when it’s coming together to raise money to help someone survive a major health failure. We are strongest when we stand together. And right now, Ernie needs us to be at full strength. I believe we can do this.
Of course we’re looking to raise a lot of money, but that does not mean everyone needs to donate a lot of money. There’s many who can’t donate any because of their own life problems. What we need from our readers is support in whatever way you can bring it. If you can donate $1, $5, $20, $50 or more that would be amazing and a big help to Ernie. If you can not afford to donate cash, but would still like to help we need people to share his story. Be it sharing a link to our write up here, sharing the link directly to his gofundme, or another story you’ve seen online about what Ernie is going through. As long as it all links back to his gofundme. What ever you think will impact your friends, family and strangers that sees the link. Share these links on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, message boards, blogs, and even on flyers at your local conventions! The number one thing we need to do here is help get the word out and make this story go viral. By doing this, we can help encourage others to help donate and share this story.
This message is not just for us TMNT fans, but fans of Ernie Reyes Jr in which ever product he’s done. Be it his films from his youth such as “Last Dragon” or this TV series “Sidekicks”. Or his other movies since he’s grown up like “Surf Ninjas”, “The Rundown”, and “Indian Jones”. Maybe even his TV appearances like recently on NCIS: Los Angeles. Maybe he taught you a life lesson at one point, or you’ve got to train under him. What ever way you know of Ernie, now is the time to Thank him.
Please bring your support to Ernie Reyes Jr and share his story. We here on Cowabunga Corner have had the honor of interviewing Ernie, watching him teach at Dojos, and make appearances at conventions. So we will be standing behind him all the way through this rough time and hope that everyone who reads this will too.
A big Thank You to Ernie Reyes Jr for everything he’s done for the world in bringing Entertainment that brought laughter, smiles and inspiration to millions around the World! I look forward to seeing much more from Ernie as I know he's strong and will contiue making people happy for a long time. And a Thank you to all of our readers who help support Ernie Reyes Jr when he’s needing it most!