Ernie Reyes Jr., who starred as Keno in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and most recently guest starred on NCIS: Los Angeles, has entered the hospital for treatment due to a kidney failure. A fundraising campaign on GoFundMe as been started by his sister in an effort to raise funds.
“Ernie is currently undergoing dialysis treatment 3 times per week for 4 hours a day while waiting for a kidney transplant,” Destiny Reyes wrote on the campaign’s page.
As of press time, the campaign has raised over $35,000 of its $75,000 goal in six days.
“My brother has spent his entire childhood and adult life fighting in films and television, but now his battle has gone from the screen to reality, fighting for his life,” she said.
Reyes has appeared in a number of other films and TV series, including The Rundown and The Last Dragon. He also appeared in the first live-action TMNT film as the action stunt-double for Donatello.
Over 700 donations have been made towards the goal of funding Reyes Jr.’s transplant. Contributions can be made at the official GoFundMe page.