"The fedora, the quasi zoot-suit attire and that inquisitive demeanor….Carlos was an iconic Chicago news reporter. And Carlos was my friend. Every first Friday of the month at the famous Billy Goat Tavern (“No fries, cheeps! No Pepsi. Coke! Cheezborger!”) the venerable City News Wire Service alums, which included my husband and Carlos, met to discuss life and of course their best news stories of the month. My first beer was almost always bought for me by Carlos…I can still see his smile and feel his hug as I’d walk down those entrance stairs into the Goat.
Carlos died of colon cancer in January 2010 at 36-years-old, a year after he first saw doctors for his symptoms. The city shuddered with news of his death. President Barack Obama said "I quickly learned that when you saw his sharp fedora in a crowd, hard questions were coming. But Carlos always played it straight. And I always enjoyed our interactions in Springfield, Chicago, or on the campaign trail. Carlos was a role model to many, and an integral part of the Chicago story he strived to tell."
Too many lives are snuffed out too soon from colorectal cancer, and we know it’s preventable. It’s incredibly disturbing that more and more young people are diagnosed and dying of this awful disease.
I work at Clinical Genomics for Carlos and to stop colorectal cancer."