By THOMAS MANGLONA II
Editor’s note: Saipan Tribune’s latest series features everyday heroes who are taking part in recovery efforts and assisting those in need after Typhoon Soudelor devastated Saipan.
Frank “The Crank” Camacho isn’t pulling any punches in his campaign to deliver relief to survivors of Typhoon Soudelor on island.
The mixed martial arts fighter garnered a plethora of relief goods and donations from various individuals and businesses in Guam and had them shipped to Saipan in a container purchased after his victorious fight in Guam.
The Saipan native said it is “heart-wrenching” to see the devastation that islanders continue to endure.
“There wasn’t much warning regarding the typhoon and the next morning I remember seeing photos of the devastation,” he told Saipan Tribune. “It was a hard sight to see. The phone lines were all down so I was worried for family, friends, and the island.”
Since getting in touch with his family and friends, Camacho has coordinated highly successful fundraisers in Guam, garnering the support of businesses such as Pika’s Cafe, Cars Plus Guam, Fokai Industry, and Custom Fitness.
“Teamwork makes the dream work,” he explained. “Divided we are weak. Together we are strong!”
Camacho said that stories of loss have motivated him to help even more.
“I cannot imagine such a loss that could be to a family,” he said. “There is no power and water and lots of families deep in the villages aren’t getting the help they need because they are ‘off the grid’…”
Camacho told Saipan Tribune that it is a “duty to serve and help our people” as long as he is well and able.
“I believe God has blessed me with all He has given me to serve a greater purpose than just fight and win competitions,” he said.
Camacho is now on Saipan to personally distribute the donations, particularly to those in remote parts of the island.