WESTFIELD, NJ — A fundraiser for the family of a Westfield High School custodian being treated for coronavirus has raised $9,865 as of Sunday, according to its GoFundMe page.

Juan Cardona tested positive for COVID-19 and pneumonia on March 27 and has been on a respirator while in intensive care for about 24 days, his wife, Carol Lanuza, and family members write in an update posted to the fundraising page Friday.

“He is still in critical condition and is very fragile and weak,” Lanuza writes. “His right lung has collapsed twice. He is currently in an induced coma. His progress is a little jumpy, but we hope for good news every day.”

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She asks that if people are religious, they keep Cardona in their prayers.

“This has been a very tough time on my Family and I,” Lanuza writes. “Any Donation is appreciated. We ask that if you are religious, please keep him in your prayers and thoughts. We would greatly appreciate it.”



Previously a night custodian at Tamaques Elementary School, school district records show he became a night custodian at Westfield High School in 2018. Public records show he began working for the school district in 2014.

Westfield High School students had started the fundraising page two days ago.

“Anything anyone can spare to help in their time of need would be greatly appreciated,” the organizers state.

On Sunday, the GoFundMe pages stated its goal is $10,000.

“Juan had taken ill many weeks ago, and we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery,” the organizers write.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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