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New book continues Pancho Billa's legacy

"Ezra is the core of it"
Posted at 11:29 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 23:29:18-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A dream of Ezra Castro -- better known as Pancho Billa here in Buffalo -- is now reality. A children's book called "Pancho Power" has been released ahead of the Buffalo Bills home opener.

His journey started ten months ago, after he Facebook message Buffalo-based children's author, Roselyn Kasmire, about his wish. Pancho was was involved in creative process until he passed from cancer in May.

"His legacy will live on and that's what he wanted," the book's author, Roselyn Kasmire, said.

Michael Biondo illustrated the book. We caught up with the two of them along with Pancho's family and friends at Soho in Downtown Buffalo ahead of a Bills Mafia Homecoming Party.

"Ezra is the core of it, so it's got be all of him putting this together," Biondo said.

Pancho power--more than just a book title--truly a way to live life.

"Falling in love with him was falling in love with the Bills," Veronica Borjon, Pancho's fiance, said. She continued, "Whether you're down, whether you're not feeling good or you're having a bad morning," Gino Castro, Pancho's son added, "just cheer up." Borjon agreeing and saying, "Get that Pancho power in you."

His family saying they are grateful two of Pancho's wishes, backpacks for children and this book, have been fulfilled.

"My dad. He said that I will always like the Bills all the time. Always in my heart and there's something else in my heart, my dad," Gino said.

"He is our Pancho Billa. He's yours, as well, because he was part of you and you all were a part of him," Borjon said.