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This Photo Went Viral And Changed This Paletero’s Life Forever

Meet Fidencio Sanchez, an elderly paleta vendor from the Little Village area of Chicago who is still working hard after retirement age. Sanchez’s story became a trending topic on the Internet after Chicago local, Joel Cervantes Macias, shared a heart-wrenching image of the older man struggling to push his paleta cart.


“It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age,” said Joel in a GoFundMe page he created for Sanchez. “I had to pull over and took this picture. I then bought 20 paletas and gave him a $50 and said may God bless him and drove away,” he added.

Joel initially posted the photo on Facebook, where he received a huge response. Immediately, he and a friend launched a GoFundMe page to help Sanchez and his wife.

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“Mr. Fidencio Sanchez and his wife recently lost their only daughter and are still heartbroken about the situation. His elderly wife was selling paletas also to help pay bills, but she fell ill and can’t work anymore,” wrote Joel.

Sanchez’s story picked up so much traction, local news organizations came to interview him and his wife. Here they are talking about how they came to the U.S. from Mexico.

Posted by Joel Cervantes Macias on Saturday, September 10, 2016

The campaign, which was set at a $3,000 goal, has surpassed over $150,000 since it kicked off on September 9. The campaign is still trending.

And here he is still grinding.

Posted by Joel Cervantes Macias on Monday, September 12, 2016

“I’m just humbled and overwhelmed with all the incredible kindness from all the people of not only Little Village but nationwide,” Macias said in an interview with Gozamos.

You can donate here.


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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Netflix and Kelis teamed up to create a cooking competition show all about cannabis cooking. “Cooked with Cannabis” is giving cannabis chefs a chance to shine with some friendly competition and the ever-popular cannabis.

Kelis is here with a new kind of cooking competition show officially changing the game.

“Cooked with Cannabis” is elevating the use of cannabis in the kitchen. It is no longer something used by stoners and only stoners. “Cooked with Cannabis” makes cannabis a sophisticated and respectable ingredient in the kitchen. The show offers some insights as to the differences between different strains of pot that many of us just never understood.

The show has six episodes in the first season and there is a new cast of chefs every episode.

The premise of the show is three chefs battling it out for three judges to show what they can do with the cannabis they are given. The recipes look like culinary works of art and seem equally as appetizing. The winner of the episode is given $10,000 as a prize and that’s pretty grand.

One of the winners this season is Manuel Mendoza, a cannabis chef from Chicago.

Mendoza works for Herbal Notes, a Chicago-based cannabis collaborative project. According to the website, Herbal Notes hopes to destigmatize the practice of using cannabis in cooking by highlighting the medicinal properties of the natural ingredient. Herbal Notes is also trying to empower communities long vilified for their use of cannabis.

Mendoza won using the cannabis to create some deliciously relevant foods.

Mendoza won by giving the judges some pot leaf-shaped chilaquiles and marijuana-infused pupusas. The use of Mexican and Salvadoran foods not only highlights our community but also his own upbringing in Chicago as a Salvadoran kid. Mendoza is proud to say that he was raised by Pilsen, the famed Latino community in Chicago.

Congratulations, Mendoza. It is a victory well deserved.

Mendoza’s start in cannabis cooking came when he had a eureka moment with iced chocolate milk. The chef was fresh out of culinary school and was eager to try new things, including cannabis cooking. The cannabis cooking trend was just kicking off and he just wanted to play around. When he created that iced chocolate milk, Mendoza knew that he was on to something and the rest is his culinary career.

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A Young Mother With COVID-19 In Chicago Dies After Emergency C-Section

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A Young Mother With COVID-19 In Chicago Dies After Emergency C-Section

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There is no lack of tragic stories of loss and heartbreak as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has killed the old, young, sick, and healthy. For one Chicago family, the virus took a young woman after an emergency c-section was performed to save her child’s life.

A Chicago family is mourning the sudden and tragic death of a young mother-to-be.

It is with great sadness and pain that we share with friends and family that my sister fought her hardest against…

Posted by Mauricio Solano on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Eli Solano was a 26-year-old pregnant woman living in Chicago. Solano was expecting her first child when she was diagnosed with COVID-19. The mother-to-be was hospitalized with the virus for three days before being sent home. According to family members, her symptoms from the virus continued to worsen until she was readmitted to the hospital.

The family is currently raising money to cover the unexpected cost of a funeral for Solano.

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Solano’s brother remembers her as someone who was excited to be a new mother.

“She was very excited to have her baby and she was very excited throughout her whole pregnancy,” Solano’s brother, Mauricio Solano told NBC 5 Chicago.

Mauricio’s Facebook post dedicated to his sister has been flooded with love and support.

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Eli was first admitted to AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center after she went for an ultrasound. Shortly after that ultrasound, Eli tested positive for the deadly virus that is sweeping across the world.

“They were able to get her pulse back but 20 minutes later she left for good,” Mauricio remembers about his sister’s last moments.

Mauricio added: “She was very excited. This was her first baby and we have to stay strong for this baby that she left behind. We will always see her through him as she will always be by his side.”

The family’s fundraiser has surpassed its financial goal to cover expenses related to the tragedy.

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While the family heals from the unexpected loss, Mauricio wants families to be prepared to do whatever it takes to spare themselves this pain. The virus isn’t going anywhere any time soon and it is up to everyone to make sure that we do everything we can to protect our loved ones from the virus.

“I encourage everyone to stay home and take this virus seriously,” Mauricio told NBC 5 Chicago. “It is not a joke.”

The United States is close to 1,000,000 reported cases of COVID-19 with millions of Americans currently under lockdown orders. As the summer months start, the desire to leave the house has prompted health officials to encourage people to stay home and social distance as much as possible.

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