Giving : Donor Stories

Raul Valdes-Fauli: Second Chance

The subplots of Raul Valdes-Fauli’s life have the makings of a good Hollywood feature: A teenage boy flees Havana with his family after Fidel Castro’s takeover, comes to
America, attends Harvard Law School, works with prestigious international corporations, and becomes mayor of Coral Gables.

But like any good script, there is a crisis. In Valdes-Fauli’s case it was hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common cancer of the liver.Today, he raises funds to support the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases. Valdes-Fauli says he will be forever grateful to the doctors and nurses who treated him and has since worked to raise money for the Miller Schools Division of Hepatology. “It was a difficult time, but their kindness and amazing efficiency made all the difference,” he says, “I am lucky and blessed.”