Mechanics manager Vincente Pierre's son is fighting an inoperable brain tumor, and Pierre and his family need your help to offset medical expenses. You can donate here.
What makes the military such a lifelong fraternity is the bonds you forge with those you served with. They are strong, and they last for a lifetime, even if you haven't been in touch. And it's amplified by the strong social connections that fantasy football leagues like the OIL foster.
But, from time to time, our fantasy world gets overshadowed by real life, and real life is scary. We've interrupted our silly fake football stories in the past to report that Bruesch had lost his home in a tornado, that former 158 soldier Landrum had died in Afghanistan, and that SECFOR brothers Killman and Tenequer had died.
Now, we're sad to report that Justin Rodriguez, the 12-year-old son of SECFOR brother Vincente Pierre, is battling an inoperable brain tumor. He's currently undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.
Pierre served with the 1st Battalion 158th FA (SECFOR) during the 2006 mission that gave rise to the OIL. He's served with hundreds of other soldiers over his 25+ years of service, including during other deployments. And he's a fantastic soldier and person. That's why we're so saddened to hear of the turmoil he's currently going through.
KSWO-TV 7 reported on Justin's bucket list, and you can find more information there. His parents are struggling with the costs of Justin's treatment, so friends have created a GoFundMe page on their behalf. Please donate what you can.