‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Star Ernie Reyes Jr. ‘Fighting for His Life,’ Crowdfunding Kidney Treatment

The actor who played Keno in “Secret of the Ooze” is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, his sister says

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Ernie Reyes Jr., the actor who played Keno in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” is crowdfunding his treatment for kidney failure.

His sister, Destiny Reyes, launched a GoFundMe campaign asking for financial support for medical bills that have stacked up since a stint in the intensive care unit. While awaiting a kidney transplant after his own began to fail in March, Ernie has been undergoing dialysis treatment three times per week for four hours a day.

“My brother has spent his entire childhood and adult life fighting in films and television, but now his battle has gone from the screen to reality, fighting for his life,” Destiny wrote in her plea.

Fortunately, fans familiar with the actor’s work — which also includes “Surf Ninjas,” “The Last Dragon” and “The Rundown” — appear eager to help out. Since the fundraiser began on June 5, 753 people have chipped in to raise over $37,000.

Most recently, Ernie has appeared in two episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and 2014 feature film “Ninja Apocalypse.”