OMAHA, NE — Custodian Luis Herrera has been a steady, friendly presence at Gomez Heritage Elementary School
in South Omaha, according to the Omaha World-Herald
He knows just about every student''s name, can fix almost anything and has a green thumb, the article noted.
But Herrera, who is in his late 50s, hasn''t been to work in months: He was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago, then got better, but his cancer came back this summer and has spread, the article stated.
According to the article, friends, students and colleagues have organized a benefit garage sale and food fundraiser Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. to help Herrera with living expenses and medical bills.
"He''s a very energetic guy, always positive," said Principal John Campin.
"He''s never been married, so he treats the students and staff like they’re his family," Campin added.