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Orlando children's musician fighting for ill wife

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Richard Peeples is a musician and has made a name for himself entertaining Central Florida's families.  He is known by many as "Mr. Richard."  

His music skews to a very young audience that eats up every silly line and strum of his guitar. 

But for the last year, "Mr. Richard" has been performing fewer shows while he fights a cruel blow dealt to his wife, Danielle. 

Just before last summer,  and just before the  couple's fourth anniversary, Richard and Danielle got medical news that changed everything about their lives.

"We found out she had breast cancer," said Richard.  "And within three weeks, it had grown."

BY December, Danielle has a mastectomy, but two months later Richard said, "Her breast cancer had metastasized to her brain."

Medical bills are piling up and Danielle has used up all of her sick leave.  Richard is still performing, but has lost about 10 percent of his gigs.  They are getting by, because a neighbor started a fundraising drive at the website GoFundMe.com, and his fans are helping out.

"Those donations are keeping us afloat," he said.  "It's pretty humbling."



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