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Fil-Ams Unite to Help Lone Filipino Victim of Aurora Rampage

Posted: Jul 30, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Lumba is recovering in the intensive care unit of a Colorado hospital after surgeons removed bullet slugs from his stomach. Lumba was shot in the Aurora shooting rampage and is the lone Philipino among the victims.

The small, but tightly knit Filipino American community in Aurora is raising funds to help defray his hospitalization costs.

“In times of tragedy and calamity, it’s so easy for the Filipinos here to come together and help,” said Rolly Guevera, president of the local Filipino association.

Both Lumba’s parents are temporarily unemployed. His father suffered a stroke while at work last year and his mother, Remy, had to quit her job to look after him. She said she was deeply touched by the support her family is getting from the local community.

Giselle Rushford, Region V chair of the the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) chapter in Colorado, earlier issued the following statement in its bid to further boost the
fundraising campaign for Ryan:

“Ryan is seventeen years old, a graduate of Eaglecrest High School in Aurora and, according to the Denver Post, saved his friend’s life. I commend the Filipino American community especially the Philippine American Society of Colorado (PASCO) for doing such a tremendous job in supporting the Lumba family, communicating and reaching out to rest of the country and the world.”

Donors can mail their contributions to Ryan Lumba Benefit Fund, c/o Mrs. Remedios Lumba, 4456 S. Himalaya Court, Aurora, Colorado 80015.

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