MANILA, Philippines - Veteran actor Dick Israel is seeking financial help from his celebrity friends after suffering from a stroke.
"I really need it badly. As you can see I have two kids who are still in college, kung anuman 'yong savings ko nagastos sa gamot," Israel told "The Buzz" co-host Jobert Sucaldito.
Israel suffered a stroke last month, which left half of his body paralyzed and affected his speech.
Israel recounted that he was taping a "night scene" for television series "Magkano ang Iyong Dangal", which was done in the afternoon. "Record heat noong araw na yon, Sobrang init talaga. Pati ang pantalon ko ay umiinit na sa sobrang init... nakauwi pa ako at nakatulog pa ako," he said.
He said he suddenly woke up gasping for air and when he stood up, he fainted and was rushed to hospital.
Fund raising drive
Concerned celebrities spearheaded by Richard Merk have already organized a fund-raising event on July 26 at Level 3 Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.
"Sobrang tuwa ko kagaya si Richard Merk hindi naman kami ganoon ka-close. Ang sarap ng feeling na in-offer niya ang venue niya para gamitin para mag-raise ng fund para sa akin," he said.
Aside from Merk's, other big names in showbiz like Lorna Tolentino and Christopher de Leon already shared their support and prayers for Israel.
"Ipagdasal natin si Dick Israel ng siya ay gumaling na ng maigi," de Leon said
"Sana po ay pagaling kayo and hope to see you soon," Bea Alonzo said.
Hunk actor John Lloyd Cruz added: "Dami naming pinagsamahan sa "Maging Sino Ka Man." Nalulungkot tayo ngayon na medyo hindi maganda ang pinagdadaanan niya ngayon. Miss na miss ko na si Tats (Israel)."