The Rafael Gaspar Memorial Foundation
Chair | Co-Founder
March 2008 — Present
In Loving Memory of Rafael Robert Gaspar January 4, 1972 – August 24, 2004
Rafael was struck suddenly at age 30 by an APS (Hughes Syndrome) attack which led to multiple surgeries, eventual organ failure, a year-long listing at UCLA for intestinal/liver/pancreas transplant, and sadly, despite valiant medical efforts, his death during transplant surgery on 8/24/04. The hope that transplant provided his body and spirit afforded him one more precious year with us.
Visit RafaelGaspar.com for numerous memorial trees & an annual Drive for Raf honor his incredible life, filled with adventures that took him to the far corners of the world while touching the depths of our hearts and souls. We commemorate Rafael’s unique wisdom, contagious smile, encouraging words, bold actions, courage facing adversity and intense love of life.
We invite you to experience some of his adventures, through photos, journal entries, his captain’s log and by viewing trees planted around the globe in his name.
Thank you for helping us celebrate his life.