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Richard Cantu of Stampede recovering from emergency back surgery after hit-and-run accident

Richard Cantu | Photo: Grupo Stampede Facebook

Grupo Stampede accordionist Richard Cantu is recovering from emergency back surgery to repair an injury he suffered after a hit-and-run accident in March.

The musician will be out of work and off the stage for six months and a GoFundMe page has been setup by his granddaughter Gabryella Perez to help with medical and other expenses.

“In March, my grandfather’s car was struck by an eighteen wheeler, leaving his car totaled,” Perez wrote. “The eighteen wheeler fled the scene. With no information on the truck company, my grandfather continued to work…suffering from excruciating back pain.”

The pain led Cantu to seek relief from a doctor.

“He did not know how bad his condition was until last week when he saw the specialist,” she added. “The specialist admitted my grandfather into the hospital August 12 and he had to have emergency back surgery the following day.”

The surgery went well, but Cantu’s recovery process is expected to take six months.

Perez says Cantu has made countless sacrifices and donated his talent, time, and energy to other fellow bandmates and family members who have been through similar circumstances and ask for help in his moment of need. A donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Click here to donate to the GoFundPage for Richard Cantu.

Formed in 1996 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, Stampede is known for its innovative, urban-Tejano sound that respects tradition with an energy level that compares to a “stampede,” the band’s live performances displays their versatility by mixing covers with its cumbia and ranchera originals.



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