Help Xela Zaid on his road to recovery

For: Xela Zaid
Miami, FL
Organizer: Rob Elba
Help Xela Zaid on his road to recovery (Xela Zaid)
of $15,000 goal
92% Complete
Raised by 273 donors

The Story

As some may already know, our dear friend Xela Zaid (Alex Diaz) suffered a stroke right before Christmas. He is out of the hospital and recovering at home, but is unable to communicate verbally and has a long road of recovery ahead.

A lack of health insurance and the slow grind of medicare is hindering him from getting the amount of care he needs to regain his speech.

Those who know Alex know him as a proud and private person. This would not be something he would ask on his own, but he is also the type of person who never hesitated to help others in our community who needed it.

If you know Xela, have enjoyed one of his amazing performances or just had a great conversation with him, please help out in any way you can. All funds raised will go directly to Alex's rehabilitation expenses. Let's do this for Xela!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 16, 2018


Posted on May 16, 2018

Hey everyone! A year and a half into our friend Alex's (Xela Zaid) recovery, the hard truth is that Strokes can be devastatingly life changing :-(

Alex continues to push forward, but the reality is that his speech/communication is still severely limited and the need for ongoing therapy is a part of his new life. And while he does have Medicaid now they do not cover much, and help from his extended family of friends is still greatly needed.

As May is Stroke Awareness Month, we are having the 2nd annual "An Evening For Xela - Stroke Awareness Benefit Show" this Saturday, May 19th, at Churchill's Pub, Miami.

The acts featured include:

Humbert, Curious Hair, John Camacho & friends, The Brand, Victorious Eve, Ronit Golan, Carla Cabello, Rat Bastard & Xela Zaid, Brian Franklin, Amy T Baxter, Mr. E & MLE, Jean Pereira and DJ Skidmark!

Doors are at 8PM, music starts 9PM, and a minimum $5 donation is requested.

There will also be raffle items including Guitars, signed records, Box Sets and photo shoots.

Here's the Facebook Event Page for the show:

Please come out and support if you can

Posted on July 25, 2017


Posted on July 25, 2017

What's Next?

The benefit held at Churchill's in May, "An Evening For Xela", was a great success. For those who came out, you know how awesome it was to see Alex hanging the ENTIRE night with a giant smile on his face! Honestly, the love and support shown from all of his friends has been beyond amazing. So what's next?

Alex has been making slow but steady progress with the speech therapy he's been receiving, much of it thanks to all the contributors to this fund as well as help from the Grammy's MusiCares Foundation. Unfortunately those funds have run out, and as the therapy provider he's been using doesn't accept Medicaid he will have to find a new one that does. Anyone with info or who can help with this search please feel free to contact Alex's family - or me and I will pass the info along.

Also, as always since he really can't venture out on his own, anyone who would like to pay a visit or pick him up for a hang please feel free to contact me or Rat on Facebook or email us ([email protected], [email protected]) for his mom's phone number to set something up.

The fund will remain up for anyone who would like to contribute, and all contributions go directly to Alex's account to help with expenses...etc.

Peace and Love to all!

Posted on May 27, 2017


Posted on May 27, 2017

The benefit show to support our dear friend Alex - "An Evening For Xela" - will be this Sunday, May 28th at Churchill's Pub in Miami.

Here's the lineup:

Doors 6PM | $10
7:00PM Benjamin STAGE
7:15PM Rick Fantasies FLOOR
7:30PM Mere Quantum Noise STAGE
7:50PM Novy Græy FLOOR
8:10PM Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers STAGE
8:30PM Gregory McLaughlin FLOOR
8:45PM Off Orbit STAGE
9:05PM VLKV (Jackie Ransom) FLOOR
9:20PM Fulltime MötherFucker FTMF STAGE
9:40PM Rat Bastard & Special Guest FLOOR
10:00PM The Brand STAGE
10:20PM curious hair FLOOR
10:40PM The Gold Dust Lounge STAGE
11:00PM Dama Vicke FLOOR
11:20PM The Done STAGE
12:00AM Amanda Green (Virtual) FLOOR
12:20AM Humbert STAGE

Churchill's is located at 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33137

Please come out and show your support if you're local, and thanks again to everyone who has contributed to the fund. The money already raised has been invaluable to Alex and his family, enabling him to get the continued medical care and much-needed therapy he would have otherwise been unable to get.

See you all Sunday!

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