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SF Hip-Hop Benefit For Girl With Rare Cancer On Hold

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A Bay Area rapper is hoping his music can help a 2-year-old girl fighting a rare form of cancer. But a show planned to raise money for the toddler will not go on.

Six months ago, Juliana Pena of South San Francisco was an active and normal toddler. Recently, doctors’ diagnosed Juliana with stage 3 neuroblastoma, a cancer that is rare but deadly.

So far, Pena had six rounds of chemotherapy and two abdominal surgeries. Juliana’s father Jesus and his wife both stay home from work to give her around-the-clock care. It has become financially draining.

Jesus’ childhood friend and local hip-hop artist Co-Blooded the Great, stepped in to help. He offered to donate some proceeds from a special concert with 15 Bay Area artists, including famed performer Too Short. But at the last moment, the venue Space 550 in San Francisco, pulled out.

Co-Blooded the Great said he gave the manager of Space 550 a $4,000 deposit and has yet to receive his money back.

A statement by the club said the venue is closed for construction won’t be able to host any events in the near future. That includes September 2nd, when the fundraiser was supposed to take place.

The venue’s lawyer told CBS 5 the night manager pocketed the deposits and did not notify the owners of the club. He said the manager is now being investigated by San Francisco Police.

For now, the show’s organizers are seeking a new venue for the benefit concert.

As for Juliana, doctors say she had no signs of any active cancer cells in her last visit. But doctors say there is a 70 to 80 percent chance that the cancer will reoccur.

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  • mike

    hip hop….count on some violence

    • D

      stop your ignorance.

    • Jesus

      Are you serious, I’m the father of this little girl and its people like you that don’t understand what this event is for. Stereotyping just has to end, you don’t know any of these profomers like I do and you don’t know how or who this concert was promoted to. That’s ok, its people like you that make us stronger from all the negativity!! The show will go on with no violence!!

  • PrinceFari

    Almighty, Master of the Universe,
    my God and the God of my forefathers:

    May it be Your Will that You speedily send
    a complete recovery from Heaven,
    a healing of the body and a
    healing of the spirit to:
    [Juliana Pena]
    the daughter of
    [Jesus Pena]
    amongst all of the sick of
    the Children of Israel.Amen and Amen.

    • Jesus

      Thank you so much for your prayers for my daughter!!

  • Debbie Hamilton Wydler

    Jesus, I’m so sorry for all that you and your family are going through. My heart goes out to Juliana, babies should be playing, being loved and looking forward to the years ahead NOT fighting for their lives. MIKE why don’t you step up to the plate and do something?????? Coblooded the great happens to be someone I know personally and he has a big heart, he would do anything for his family and friends!!

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