Rapper Pitbull sending plane to help evacuate Puerto Rico cancer patients

28 September, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Mark Cuban Lends Mavericks Team Plane for Puerto Rico ...

Barea, the only active native Puerto Rican in the National Basketball Association, said on Wednesday the island is in bad shape (via ESPN's Tim MacMahon).

"Puerto Rico is destroyed, completely destroyed", Barea said. He organized a trip to bring food, water and other necessities to the most-affected areas, and with Cuban's help, left Monday night. "Yesterday, you look out the window, and it's dead. We've just got to keep helping out".

Also on Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lent his personal plane to one of his players, J.J. Barea, to rescue members of his family, SBNation reported.

Still suffering a lack of power in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has been scrambling to take care of its hospital patients.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, with CNN reporting that roughly 97 percent of the island's 3.4 million residents are still in the dark and half of its population doesn't have running water as of Wednesday afternoon. "The problem is taking it there". Additionally, according to MacMahon, Barea brought 30 people back with him on the Mavs plane, including an elderly woman in need of a transplant.

"I don't think people really know how bad it is", Barea said.

Barea and his wife raised more than $140,000 using an online fundraiser. "We're in a complete emergency down there".

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