“This hunger strike is for everyone in this situation, don’t leave us alone in this fight for life, we are human beings that deserve the respect and dignity to be treated,” says hunger striker Catalina Arroyo, aunt to brothers Elfego and Lorenzo Arroyo, left in blue shirt. Sonia Lopez, right, is another of the hunger strikers. Her son, Jorge Mariscal, needs a kidney transplant but is unable to get medical attention due to his legal status in the United States. 

A “Walk for Life” march by hunger strikers and their supporters headed to UIC Medical Center Wednesday to protest what the demonstrators say are discriminatory practices by the hospital against undocumented immigrants.

Specifically, protesters are upset that some of their friends and family have been denied spots on the transplant waiting list because of their status.

Sonia Lopez, Hilda Burgos, Catalina Arroyo and Fr. Jose Landaverde have been on a hunger strike since June 3. 

Lopez’s son lost a kidney to cancer and is in need of a transplant.  Lorenzo Arroyo, 36, and his brother Elfego, 38, both need liver transplants to cure the deadly liver disease amyloidosis.

Their dire situations are what sparked the hunger strike and demonstrations.