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    The Need

    On December 10, 2020 Jose was diagnosed with COVID-19.  He was immediately transferred to the ICU where we got sicker by the day. Two weeks later, Jose was rushed to surgery to be put on a ventilator. Following surgery, he was in critical condition and was put into a medically induced coma for almost a month. Once the ventilator was removed, a tracheostomy and a feeding tube were put in and Jose lost 60 pounds.

    After 2 months in the hospital, Jose was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania. He had to learn how to walk again as he lost all muscle tone from being in bed for all that time. After four months, Jose came home and his wife Cindy became his caregiver as well as still caring for their elderly parents.

    Jose continued to suffer from the effects of COVID, including being put on a ventilator and into a medically induced coma once again. After a few days another tracheostomy was performed and he was put back on a feeding tube.

    Cindy was laid off from her job in January 2022.  Jose’s medical bills exceed $1.5 million. and things have been extremely difficult for their family. Their faith in God has gotten them through these dark moments.  Jose is an amazing Husband, Father, Grandfather and the biggest Bills fan and member of the Mafia. He loves his family so much and he wants to live for them.

    The Artist

    Anthony Lattuca graduated from Villa Maria College in 2012 and loves everything to do with the 716. He's a huge Buffalo Sports fan, especially the Bills and Sabres! With his awesome and caring wife, Anthony is father to an amazing 4-year-old and 2-year-old. He loves the concept of using his designs to not only show off his abilities, but more importantly, help out others in need!

    The Sponsor

    West-Herr Auto, sponsor

    The West Herr Auto Group is the largest automotive vehicle retailer in New York. West Herr has 30 dealerships, 5 collision centers, and proudly employs over 2,500 Western New Yorkers.