Manny Martinez tries his hand at slicing jamón. Photo from Facebook.
We received a pretty amazing email this week from Manny Martinez, one of the sous chefs at Twenty Five Lusk, who has a heartbreaking and amazing story to share. He’s only 23 years old and has been fighting cancer for the last nine months. After going in and then back out of remission, Manny is in hospice and is planning a celebration of his life this Sunday April 21st from 1pm-8pm. His own words say it better than we can: “Here is the real reason why I am reaching out to you. Not for pity but for you to attend a day to celebrate life…to bring everyone who has made a difference in my life, for those who stood behind me in my darkest hour and the strangers who now are friends for life that have shown me the best in humanity. I welcome you, your colleagues to join us to celebrate life.”
Manny also says that he wants to hold this barbecue to raise awareness about the many young people who face cancer every year, and “to inspire them, to let them know that a diagnosis of a few days, weeks, months, should not stop you from living the life you want to live.” Read more about Manny’s story here, and check out some details about the barbecue on the event’s Facebook page, where you can also chip in to bring something and RSVP. Stay strong, Manny, and thank you for sharing your story with us! Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park.