Chicken Joe and his family need your help

Joe Marini, better known as Chicken Joe, and his family need your help. Joe’s brother-in-law, Salvatore Di Blasi, is suffering from stage 4 stomach cancer. The family just learned of this diagnosis on April 1, 2016.

First, they are asking for your prayers since miracles do happen — and  Salvatore can really use one now. Salvatore is the family’s sole provider; and the cost of caring for Salvatore is overwhelming the family. Thousands of dollars are needed each month for medical services, caregivers, drugs, insurance and much more.

Chicken Joe and his family are doing their best, pooling all their resources….but the emotional and financial stress is taking its toll.

This family has done so much for individuals, charitable organizations and the community at large — and are now they are asking for help.

Salvatore was born in Italy and came to the United States at 19 years old. He has worked his entire life and married his wife Lucia in 1986. Thirty years later they have 3 children and a granddaughter. In 2006 Lucia was left disabled and cannot work following brain surgery to fix a spinal tap injury. Sal, again the sole breadwinner, has had to work two and three jobs at a time to provide for his family; Yet always found the time to help someone needing a helping hand.

Salvatore cleared the way and led all the bikers riding in the very first “Chicken Joe’s Annual Ride For Kids”. He drove Chicken Joe’s van loaded with food, beverages and parts for the riders bikes.  Salvatore collected money for a local child suffering from Niemann-Pick disease and worked at every Chicken Joe fundraiser helping raise money for countless charities. Salvatore helped raise funds to replace a church roof and helped fire victims who lost everything, In short, in addition to working hard to support his family, he made the time to do God’s work in the community!

Now fast forwarding to the present, it’s Salvatore who needs all the prayers he can get!  He is no longer able to work as he is receiving a 3 drug combo of the strongest course of chemotherapy.  The plan is to continue the therapy for 4-6 months, followed by an operation to remove his entire stomach, followed by another 4-6 months of chemotherapy. Salvatore simply can no longer work and needs to conserve all his strength to literally survive.

Can you help?  Prayers first and then any donations to help relieve the families stress.

Again, the Marini family has always been there to help all sorts of charities and individuals.  The high school..St. Judes, all sorts of kids organizations, first responders, etc.  

The fund-raising goal for Salvatore is $50,000; time frame is 90 days, so the urgency is high.

To make a tax-deductible donation, use PayPal on the Needs Clearing House website at (The Needs Clearing House, Inc. is a 501c3 charity). Or send a check payable to NCH and mail to NCH PO Box 7621, Greenwich CT 06836.

Please note: “CHICKEN JOE’S FAMILY” in the memo section of your payment.

Sal De Blasi.

Sal De Blasi.

Sal driving the Chicken Joe's Ride For Kids charity truck (in cab)

Sal driving the Chicken Joe’s Ride For Kids charity truck (in cab)

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