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Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rick came from a hard-working family of war veterans. His maternal grandfather fought in WWII, stationed in the South Pacific, where he met and married his wife of nearly 50 years. They settled in San Francisco and raised nine children, where his grandfather worked for the US Post Office. Rick’s mother worked as a nurse’s aid for most of her life and taught Rick the importance of self-sufficiency and resilience.

Rick went to work at the age of nine as a newspaper delivery boy and has been working hard ever since. In High School, his teachers believed him to be gifted and suggested he transfer to a school better suited to his needs. Rick has always excelled in sports and is verbally and mechanically gifted.
At a young age, Rick was first exposed to entrepreneurship quickly opened and managed several small businesses, in addition to attending school for aircraft mechanics. He is soft-spoken, but quick to smile, and always has a kind word or helping hand for everyone he meets. At present, he is medically advised not to work, but he continues to volunteer and offer assistance to friends who need his expertise.

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September 3, 2021

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September 11, 2021

I am so sorry that I cannot do more. I am praying that you get your transplant and the money to pay for it.

Amelia Ortez

August 8, 2021

Much Love and prayers

Jasper Baure

May 24, 2021

Dear Rick, My daughter Cami has told me of your plight. I am just wishing you the very best with your transplant fundraiser and everything good in life. I am so sorry you are going through this. Nobody should have to seek money for a heart transplant in our country. Sincerely, Mary Lee Greenfield Please everyone donate to this young, bright man. He is so worth it!

Mary Lee Greenfield

May 19, 2021

Good luck and God Bless

Timothy Ortiz