Since then, the page has gone cat-meme-level viral, far surpassing the initial goal and quickly becoming the most successful GoFundMe of all time in Illinois.
“He’s a powerful man. A powerful paleta man,” chuckles Gustavo Pedraza, the owner of family-owned Paleteria Poncho in Little Village.
We tried to talk to Sanchez -- but, predictably, he was working -- so Pedraza filled in some more details for us. Pedraza’s paleteria, Poncho, has supplied Sanchez with homemade fruit popsicles for over twenty years until Sanchez retired this summer. But when his daughter died and his wife fell ill, Sanchez came back to Poncho ready to work again.
“He was devastated and wanted to get going… he’s really, really strong,” Pedraza says. “[Fidencio’s] a hard-worker and he’s good-hearted, a good soul… we feel so blessed that he was in the right place at the right time.”