Yo! MTV Raps‘s Doctor Dre helped push hip-hop into the mainstream back in the late ’80s to mid-90s, but now Dre is in need of help from his fans.
Earlier this month (Aug. 10), a GoFundMe account was launched on behalf of the TV personality who has suffered from Type II diabetes for decades resulting in partial blindness and a recent amputation. In the crowdfunding platform, the profile explains how Dre’s health has declined and pleads for help from fans.
“Dre has been struggling with the effects of advanced Type II diabetes for a long time,” the GoFundMe description reads. “Dre’s announcement that the illness had robbed him of his eyesight was one of the ways he’s gone on to ‘wag[e] a public battle with diabetes’ — as a story in the New York Times described his efforts in 2016.
“The diabetes had already caused a serious decline in the function of that ankle, but this new injury required hospitalization and surgery. On June 17, his foot was amputated, the description continues. “On June 24, his right leg was amputated up to the knee. He has since been fitted with a prosthetic and is now learning how to walk with it. If the good Doctor remains true to his unsinkable form, he may someday be running marathons using that prosthetic.”
In the 10 days since the GoFundMe account was launched, Dre has received more than $10,765 in donations. The account is currently looking to fulfill their wish of $500,000.
You can donate to Doctor Dre here.
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