Pitbull sends his plane to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to rescue cancer patients
Miami rapper Pitbull is sending his private plane to Puerto Rico to help bring cancer patients to the United States for chemo treatment. Hurricane Maria devastated the island, left it in the dark, set off catastrophic flooding and destroyed homes.
The New York Daily News first reported the Pitbull story Tuesday.
The 36-year-old singer, whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez, said his effort to help Puerto Rican cancer patients was the least he could do.
“Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part,” he said in a statement to the Daily News.
Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer González thanked the singer for his good deed on Twitter Tuesday.
“Thank you @pitbull for lending your private plane to move cancer patients from PR to USA so that they can get chemo,” she said.
Pitbull, born to Cuban parents, has had hits with Give Me Everything, Don’t Stop the Party and I Know You Want Me and is a frequent touring mate with Enrique Iglesias.
Pitbull is also recognized for his education-related charity work.
In 2013, he opened a public charter school in his hometown and plans to open another in Baltimore in 2018, the Daily News reported.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also provided his team plane to J.J. Barea to fly to Puerto Rico to drop off supplies and pick up his family members. Barea, a guard for the Mavericks, was born in Puerto Rico, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday, reported SBNation.