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)
$13,325
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 265 donors
88% Complete

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 July 25, 2017

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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

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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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Posted on April 22, 2017

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Posted on April 22, 2017

A benefit concert for Alex - "An Evening For Xela" - is set for Sunday, May 28th at Churchill's Pub in Miami.

Performing will be many of Alex's friends, including:
Off Orbit | Benjamin | Rat Bastard | Gold Dust Lounge | VLKV (Jackie Ransom) | Humbert | The Brand | FTMF | Rick Fantasies | Gregory McLaughlin | Novy Græy | Mr Entertainment & the Pookiesmackers | Curious Hair | Dama Vicke | Mere Quantum Noise

May is stroke awareness month, and in addition to raising funds to help Alex continue his rehabilitation therapy we also hope to raise awareness among our friends as far as health and prevention is concerned. The hard truth is that what happened to Alex could happen to any one of us.

If you're local, please try and make it out if you can. We will be starting the event early - 7PM - in the hopes that Alex will be able to be involved as much as possible.

Just a quick reminder to those who have seen Alex out here and there: while he DOES look great and is making some progress, he still has MUCH work ahead of him as far as regaining his communicative and cognitive skills. There are many things he still cannot do and his ongoing therapy is vital to him getting back what he has lost.

Thanks for continuing to keep our friend in your thoughts, and we hope to see many of you at Churchill's May 28th!

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