As Jiu-Jitsu fans found out yesterday here on GRACIEMAG.com, Fernando Tererê, a sport Jiu-Jitsu sensation, has again become embroiled in his inglorious battle with drug use in his home of Rio de Janeiro’s Cantagalo hill.
Left with no other recourse, the family of the black belt who dazzled entire gymnasiums last decade have announced account information for collecting donations to pay for a drug treatment facility. They fear tragedy. “He alternates between drug use and violent behavior at home. Everyone is afraid of a tragedy; but we’ll never give up! He came back from England in poor health, and he gets worse with every day. Tererê is still that kid that the Jiu-Jitsu folks know so well, he’s our champions, and we mustn’t lose him,” said the embattled star’s friend from Alliance academy Elan Santiago.
GOAL TO COLLECT 15,000 REAIS FOR 4-MONTH REHAB
“According to the family’s calculations, they’ll need 15,000 for a four-month stay, plus the relocation costs that Eduardo Telles has agreed to foot. Everyone is really sad, but we need to fight to get him to rehab—and right away,” Elan insists.
To help by making a donation for Fernardo Tererê’s treatment, the bank details are:
In the name of Regina Helena Carvalho da Silva
CPF: 082-638-527-30 .
Revisit Tererê’s gentler side, in the final of the 2004 Jiu-Jitsu World Championship against the much heavier Fabricio Werdum, now a UFC star.