BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Bills superfan, Pancho Billa, is still battling in the fight against cancer.
Pancho, whose real name is Ezra Castro, was recently offered the opportunity to announce a Bills draft pick at the 2019 NFL draft by former fan favorite Stevie Johnson. Castro says he is waiting for confirmation that he is actually allowed to do that, but is going to the draft regardless.
Honored to have been chosen by the @NFL to rep @buffalobills during draft, but want to offer it to @PanchoBilla1; with all he’s going through on his fight with cancer. He’s the heart and soul of #billsmafia— STVN (@StevieJohnson13) April 13, 2019
Castro has been called the heart and soul of Bills Mafia, after all he has gone through during his fight with cancer. Late last year, Bills Mafia surprised him and his family with an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World. He also became the first person inducted into the Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame. He has been receiving treatment at a cancer center in Houston. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Castro spoke to 7 Eyewitness News just this Saturday about the possible opportunity.
"There's a lot of people out there fighting the same fight that I am. And I swear if I get on that microphone, it's going to be for those people that are fighting with me the same fight and that's who I want to do it for," Castro said.
When asked about the upcoming season's schedule, Castro says he's really looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys.
"I live 20 miles from the stadium. People are actually messaging me, 'Pancho are you going to the game?' I'm like really? Does Christmas only come once a year? It's like of course I'm going to the game, there's no way I'm missing it. I mean, my beloved Bills twenty miles from me? There's no way I'm going to miss it."
He says he's already planning the tailgate and day-before festivities for those who are traveling to make it a special event and holiday.
"Bills Mafia, we jump all over helping others and let's just keep doing that. Let's build a precedence as a fan base that we're just not about crashing through tables and doing crazy stuff. We care about other fan bases, we care about each other. Such a great city. Let's keep doing what we're doing."
Late Sunday night, Castro tweeted he was again in the emergency room in Dallas, but is confident he will be okay. He told us Saturday he will fight to be able to be at the Bills home-opener and Thanksgiving games.
In the Emergency Room in Dallas, Amigos.— Pancho Billa (@PanchoBilla1) April 21, 2019
God is good. Ambulance got me here safe & fast. Thank you all for the prayers & love. Blessed Easter to all. Ill b ok. #PanchoPower 💪🥚