“Colombian Visitor with Rare Form of Cancer
Wants To See His Family”
Mayor Wildes w/Latino organization, ODECI
present Duberney Gomez (right of Mayor Wildes)
with check for funds raised for Mr. Gomez's behalf.
a Colombian national receiving treatment in America for leukemia has one
wish: to see his wife and three young children. He has no funds of his
own and the wells of hope are drying up in a hurry. He is receiving Cancer
treatment at Hackensack University Hospital Cancer Center and his medication
is being provided to him free of charge by phamaceutical giant NOVARTIS
through their patient assistance program. His family will only be allowed
to enter the country if they can assure the American consulate in Bogota,
Colombia that after their temporary visit in the United States, they will
intend to return their home in Pereira, Colombia. Englewood Mayor Michael
Wildes, a partner with the law offices of Wildes, Weinberg, Grunblatt
and Wildes, a prominent immigration law firm, has taken this case pro
bono to help Mr. Gomez and his family reunite. Mayor Wildes and his firm
have already succeeded in securing an extension of Mr. Gomez’s visitors
visa. Currently, he is surviving only due to the generosity of others.
Mayor Wildes and ODECI--Englewood, New Jersey’s Hispanic based charity
are currently raising funds for visas and travel expenses. At this point,
it does not look like the family will be able to see him again, unless
he returns home.
Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer