Photo by Tako Lives facebook
Tribute to Tako
Ryan James Malloy, aka Tako, would have been 31 in a few days, had he not died in February from complications of Goodpasture Disease. Goodpasture syndrome is a rare, serious autoimmune disease that attacks the lungs and kidneys.
Malloy, a meat salesman who ran regular routes out of Denver, had a practice of buying tacos on Taco Tuesday from Taco Johns and delivering them to the homeless and hungry in the towns he frequented.
In his memory, friends, family and acquaintances are organizing ‘Tako Takovers’ across the country.
Jenny Curtis of North Platte met Malloy in middle school in North Platte. He lived in North Platte for a year or so.
Curtis has asked the North Platte Taco Johns manager J.D. Szwanek to provide lunch at the Connection homeless shelter in North Platte on Tuesday, July 25.
Szwanek has graciously agreed.
July 25 would have been Malloy's 31st birthday.
Malloy was a graffiti artist who adopted the name of Tako. His work is legendary. Dozens of tribute graffiti paintings have been created.
“He was a very giving man,” Jenny said. “Every Tuesday he called it 'Tako Tuesday' and would donate his time, money and tacos to those less fortunate.”
Also the effort raised awareness of diseases (like his) which result in death caused by organ failure, Curtis said.
Malloy was on the waiting list for a kidney when he died. The Takover effort is designed to create an endowment for family members of those who die suddenly, without funds for a proper burial, organizers say.
For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/takolives/