Marine In Need - Please Consider Helping

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If you are employed with the FAA, please consider helping Robert J Pena. He is a Marine veteran and NATCA controller that has worked at ZHU and ELP. He recently found out he has a brain tumor and will be disqualified from working for an indefinite amount of time. He is a single father and supports his son. He has been approved for the FAA Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. You may donate leave to him in whatever increments you can afford. At the least consider something even if it is just an hour. If nothing else, at least forward this along through your channels. Please see the write up below and it has also been attached so you can share this with others. Please also share this thread on Facebook, Twitter, and even with your locals to help get the word out. Thank you so much, see below:

Please help a NATCA member in need. Robert Pena is in need of any leave you could donate as he is preparing to undergo surgery to remove a brain tumor. He has been approved for the FAA Voluntary Leave Transfer Program and you can find him under Robert J. Pena. He has served his country in the United States Marine Corps and has worked at Houston Center and El Paso tower. He is also supports his nine year old son as a single father.

Robert recently became aware of his brain tumor in February of 2014 after suffering from migraine headaches over the course of a few days. He decided to go to the emergency room and the doctor’s discovered his brain was swollen and his head was full of fluid. The tumor was blocking his spinal fluid from draining properly. He was admitted to the hospital and ordered to have a shunt in his head to drain the fluids properly. Robert lost his medical immediately. He was in the hospital for about a week and was then released. After being released he was home for about two days and started having seizures. The doctors put him on anti-seizure medication and extremely light duty activities, as even thinking too hard could provoke another seizure.

The tumor has already damaged his optic nerve to some degree and if it gets worse could even cause blindness. It has also caused scar tissue on his brain. The tumor is also in close proximity to the pituitary gland and the doctors are not sure if they will be able to save it until he undergoes surgery. The pituitary gland is considered the “master gland” as it is responsible for many other hormone glands.

Robert is scheduled to undergo surgery over the next couple weeks to remove the tumor and expects a long recovery before his is able to get back to working traffic. He would appreciate donations of any kind to assist with his recovery.

For more information on how to donate leave please visit the link below. Please note that this link may only work from an FAA computer.

https://employees.faa.gov/auth/myFaa/login/?TYPE=33554433&REALMOID=06-87749f79-a5a1-4ed9-94b0-2769bd59ab42&GUID=&SMAUTHREASON=0&METHOD=GET&SMAGENTNAME=-SM-39kiQO3oHtSsVXHwTNF3+Wrsym3swZSf1KcDrVOvsDJk2v77JZfF3JB+LMCvwiM22o6ntawrEvP7CCyfyzkn/H18tw8/hWQz&TARGET=-SM-https://employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/ahr/policy_guidance/hr_policies/hrpm/HROI/lws/voluntary/

You may also contact your regional coordinator to assist you with help donate leave. Below is a link with the regional coordinators attached:

Leave Donation Coordinators

You can also donate through GiveForward at: http://gfwd.at/1lC6IDW
 

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Re: Controller In Need - Please Consider Helping

If you are not in the FAA, please consider donating any amount. Even $1.00 helps. If this website has helped you, consider paying it forward and helping Robert.

http://gfwd.at/1lC6IDW
 

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Re: Controller In Need - Please Consider Helping

Please take the time to consider helping in any way.
 

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Thanks Jax, that is awesome and I am sure he appreciates that very much.
 

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Here is the link to contribute monetarily to a Marine and controller in need if you can't contribute leave. Any help is appreciate. We are almost 30% complete towards our goal.

http://gfwd.at/1lC6IDW