Friends, family members and former classmates have come together to support of Michael Reyes of Cedar Hill, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in July 2009. The community will hold the Reyes’ Angels fundraiser to assist with medical expenses from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Cedar Hill Recreation Center, located at 310 E. Parkerville Road in Cedar Hill.

“As a classmate and a friend, Michael is a fine man who has fought for our country. I feel like it’s our turn to fight for him,” said former classmate, Mary Bushong. “He was in the military and they are denying coverage (of medical expenses) because they can’t prove it is military-related.”

After treatment in 2009, Reyes was declared cancer-free. Bushong said Reyes learned his cancer had returned in October and he underwent a second round of chemotherapy. The treatments damaged his liver and he now needs a liver transplant before he can move forward with a stem cell transplant.

“Mike wants to live. He wants to beat this cancer so he can pay it forward. If there is one thing I have learned about him, it’s that he is one strong man and if anyone can go through this and beat it – it’s Mike Reyes,” said Kim Essary, former classmate and event coordinator. “We need you to take a few minutes and join us in asking God for a miracle. Please lift up Mike’s precious wife, April, and son, Jonathan, in your prayers as well.”

The fundraising event will include an auction, casino games, prizes, food, drinks, music and karaoke. Admission is $10.

Those unable to attend can mail a donation to Reyes’ Angels, P.O. Box 33, Midlothian, TX 76065. Checks should be payable to Mike Reyes Donation Account. To contribute online using Paypal, visit 

For additional information or to RSVP for the event, contact Kim Hall Essary at 214-697-3164 or e-mail reyes_angels