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Rafael “Nico” Solorzano desperately needs your help. He has been diagnosed with a severe form of pulmonary fibrosis; a serious medical condition that causes the lung tissues to become damaged and scarred. This makes it very difficult for Nico’s lungs to work properly, and his condition has progressed to the point where he now needs full-time supplemental oxygen. He has difficulty walking only a few steps, and is very ill. Without a lifesaving lung transplant, Nico won’t survive much longer.

Transplants are lifesaving, but the costs of this surgery are monumental and more than Nico can handle on his own. At only 53 years of age, Nico is enthusiastic about his future and his will to survive is very strong. He has worked and lived in Buffalo, New York for most of his life. From his humble beginnings in Guatemala, to now being a solid member of his community here in Buffalo, Nico has worked hard in the auto body painting and service industry, his whole life. He is married and has the wonderful support and love of his wife, Wanda and their three lovely children. An amazing father and outstanding grandfather, his only wish is to spend more time with his grandchildren in the near and distant future.

Updates (2)

January 12, 2017

Nico has received his life saving transplant at the Cleveland Clinic at the end of December 2016…..he now begins his long hard road to recovery with the support of his wife Wanda and all his family. All of your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.

November 22, 2016

Nico has finally been put on the transplant list and is in Cleveland awaiting this life saving procedure.


October 12, 2016

Ilean, We will keep your uncle in prayers. Mr. Nico continue to stay strong. Blessings

- Isabel G.

August 9, 2015

My best wishes tio. We are here for you.

Adriana Oliveros

June 2, 2015

To a good man and a great friend. I hope that your family, friends and the community come together in a BIG way to help you and your family through this adventure.

MariLou Zorn - Sam's General Auto Repair