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Rapper Pitbull lends private plane to rescue cancer patients from Puerto Rico

01 October, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Christina Hansen
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His good deed came to light after Jenniffer Gonzalez, Puerto Rico's representative in Washington, thanked him on Twitter. "Just doing my part", he told the Daily News on Tuesday September 26.

"Thank God we're blessed to help", he was quoted as saying.

Barea has an offseason home in Puerto Rico and is the only Puerto Rican player in the National Basketball Association.

The South Florida rapper known as Pitbull is sending his private plane to Puerto Rico so cancer patients can get treatment in the United States.

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Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 100 years.

Barea set up a YouCaring fundraiser with his wife, Viviana Ortiz, to raise money for relief shortly after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

With the team's blessing, Barea was given use of the Mavericks' private plane to haul supplies to his native Puerto Rico after it was rocked by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The natural disaster has caused intense flooding, ripped roofs from homes and has left all of the island's 3.5 million population without power.

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"Puerto Ricans are American citizens and today Puerto Rico needs our help", Lopez said.

While so much attention is focused on sports and politics, J.J. Barea took time the last couple of days to take care of what's really important - helping people. That was a lot of emails to Washington, back to Puerto Rico, back to Washington.

"You always go to Puerto Rico - after the season when I fly in - you look out the window and it's handsome", Barea said after Wednesday's practice. "That's where I'm born and raised". We need everything from gas to water to food to medicine.

In the email, Cuban had already prepped the pilot and crew of the Mavs' team plane and, after a few calls between Washington D.C. and San Juan, Barea got the go-ahead for his rescue mission.

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