Ernie Reyes Jr., who played roles in the first two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies back in the early 1990s, recently found himself fighting for his life in an intensive care unit (ICU) as a result of kidney failure.
The former Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actor is in need of a kidney transplant.
His sister, Destiny Reyes, created a fundraiser on GoFundMe in order to raise funds for the life saving operation. The fundraiser’s page indicates that Ernie, while he awaits transplant, is currently undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week for four hours each session.
The California native, who was born in San Jose back in the early ’70s, tweeted about the fundraising campaign setup by his sister in a tweet from his confirmed Twitter account in which he expressed his appreciation for his sibling in writing, “I love you girl!”
— Ernie Reyes Jr. (@erniereyesjr) June 5, 2015
Ernie has had roles as an actor as well as a stunt double in such films as The Last Dragon, Surf Ninjas, Redline, Rush Hour 2 with Jackie Chan, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Act of Valor, and more recently in NCIS: Los Angeles, according to his page on Wikipedia.
His father, Ernie Reyes Sr., is fully committed to helping his son survive in anyway he can, according to the fundraiser’s page on crowdfunding website GoFundMe.
The fundraiser, which seeks to raise a total of $75,000 towards his operation, has raised over $27,000 in just three days. Thus far, the fundraiser has already received over 475 donations from those who wish Ernie and his family the best.
In order to donate to Reyes Jr.’s kidney transplant, visit his fundraiser on GoFundMe.
In other kidney related coverage here at Immortal News, a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that kidney health might be a better way to predict heart disease risk when compared to prior techniques which measure cholesterol levels and blood pressure.