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Hello everyone this is Kyle, Manny's cousin, and on behalf of Manny's family, we would like for you to help us pull off something very special to honor Manny's life. As you may know, Manny was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma as a child. He put up an amazing fight, but has unfortunately passed on at the young age of 23. Manny loved the Livestrong Foundation and considered Lance Armstrong a hero. He found great strength and fighting spirit in Lance and Livestrong. They inspired Manny to bike and he spread his passion of cycling to his parents, sister, and girlfriend.
The Foundation has a Tribute Wall at their Head Quarters in Austin, TX where only 400 ceramic tiles will be created for permanent display, and there still is room for Manny's name where he may continue to inspire visitors from all over. We couldn't think of a better way to remember and honor him than by placing a little piece of Manny in the heart of the place that gave him so much hope and strength. It is our goal to ensure that he may always have a home there.
We are raising money for Manny's tile. A tile on the Tribute Wall at Livestrong HQ is $500.00. But, we know we can go the extra step to raise an additional $250.00 for an extra tile to be made as a keepsake for Manny's parents. All donations will go to the Livestrong Foundation.
Once funds are raised, this gift will be presented as a surprise to Manny's parents, sister, and girlfriend, and the tile will then be in their hands to design and honor Manny any way they wish. I emphasize that this is a surprise for his parents and sister and should be kept a secret!
We have felt your outpouring of love and support and have no words to express our heartfelt gratitude for all you've done for Manny and his family throughout their long hard battle. We are truly blessed to have you in our lives. We know you've already done so much, but we please ask you to yet again take part in doing an amazing thing for Manny's family by donating to make this a reality. Thank you.
We got Manny's Tile! We're overwhelmed with the amount of love and generosity that we have seen. We could not have predicted that we would more than double our goal in just a couple of days!
We are keeping Manny's Livestrong page open for now in case there is anybody who still wants to contribute to a great charity on his behalf. Livestrong is all about making a positive difference for all those living with cancer and is a valuable resource. It truly will be an added bonus for Manny's parents and sister to see such a generous donation go to his favorite cause in their son's name. A very warm thanks to all those who pitched in. You all had a hand in making something really special happen as we go through this sad time. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you.