UF biology freshman Erika Atencio wears her “Supraman Strong” T-shirt when she asks for donations.
Her friend Ian Supra has battled stage 4 esophageal cancer for more than a year. Despite several rounds of chemotherapy, the cancer spread to Supra’s liver, lungs and lymph nodes.
Atencio said Supra’s medical bills are “a hell of a lot,” which is why she joined her Dr. Phillips High School classmates in an effort to offset his hospital and treatment costs by selling “Supra Strong” bracelets and T-shirts.
After Atencio, 19, and her friends graduated from high school, she said they distributed the bracelets to colleges across the country — from Florida State University to Harvard University. Now, the wristbands will be given to UF students, who have the option of donating money to help Supra’s family cover medical costs.
“I cannot express my gratitude enough for the people that try to help out,” said Atencio, who has been friends with Supra since sixth grade.
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