Comedian does Benefit Show to Help Give His Bro A “Leg to Stand UP On”

Monday, May 12, 2014

Comedian Vince Valenzuela
Seattle’s Own Vince Valenzuela and other headliners to perform May 18

Local and nationally recognized comedian and actor Vince Valenzuela will be hosting a comedy fundraiser for his older brother Nick Valenzuela, who needs money urgently for knee and hip joint replacement surgeries.

Other national headliners joining Vince Valenzuela for this great cause include: Susan Rice, Brad Upton, Art Krug, Duane Goad, Joe Vespaziani, and David Crowe. 

Sunday, May 18, 6pm-10pm. 
Silent Auction starts at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.
Shorewood High School Theater, 
17300 Fremont Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133
Cost: $20.00 per person

Nick Valenzuela needs a
leg to stand up on
The back story
Unfortunately for Nick, years of lifting and operating heavy equipment took a toll on his once “very strong body”. After reporting injuries to his hip, back and knee in the early 2000’s, Nick’s former employer appealed his hip replacement surgery for 3 years. In 2007, his former employer “forgot to appeal” and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finally approved his hip surgery “only”, but never addressed his deteriorating knee and back. 

“He had case worker after case worker with L&I and between his boss and the state, the whole thing was just a nightmare”, Nick’s brother Vince says. 

Since then Nick has even suffered a heart attack, back surgery and worsening conditions in his hip and knee over the years. Doctors now have told Nick it is urgent that he get his knee and hip replaced ASAP. However, due to L&I denying his previous claims, the State denying him disability coverage and the fact that he cannot collect unemployment during his surgeries because he is not of ‘able body to work,’ his medical bills will continue piling up. 

“Despite all the pain and adversity he’s been through, he’s never complained”, said Vince. “I hope this show and fundraising campaign will literally help him “get back on his feet”. 
The official web site is Help a Brutha Out and tickets are available online.  To find out more about Nick Valenzuela’s cause or to make a donation see his fundraising website


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