Alex's Top Surgery

For: Alex Matheny
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Alex Matheny
Alex's Top Surgery (Alex Matheny)
$3,650
of $8,500 goal.
Raised by 103 donors
42% Complete

The Story

Hello! 
My name is Alex and I'm a 19 year old transgender man. Since January of this year I've been on testosterone to help allow me to finally live as my authentic self and be comfortable in my own body in a daily basis. However, in order to finally allow me to feel at home in my own skin, I need top surgery. Top surgery is a double mastectomy and male chest reconstruction, which will allow me to eliminate a majority of my gender dysphoria and finally feel happy in my own skin! Every day I face physical and mental discomfort from my chest and this surgery is something I have wanted and needed for a long time.

This surgery isn't a cosmetic procedure - this is a medical necessity. Though Washington state prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against transgender clients, my insurance company is still full of ignorance towards trans people and their needs. My family and I are prepared to fight tooth and nail to get the coverage that I deserve and need but we are unsure if we will be successful. The surgeon who will be performing the procedure has been doing top surgeries for 20 years and has warned us that my insurance company will be very difficult to convince to budge and provide me with coverage. We are planning on doing everything we can to get the coverage that I deserve but sadly full coverage seems highly unlikely.

That's where this fundraiser comes in. I am a student with a part-time job who is trying to simultaneously save for my education. It's my dream to have this surgery before I transfer to a new university in the fall. I cannot properly express how important this is for me - every single day I have to literally feel the weight of my discomfort on my chest. Top surgery would change my life completely. I could swim, go for runs, sleep shirtless, and finally, finally look like the man I know I am.

Every single penny helps. Even a dollar would mean the absolute world to me. Thank you so much for all the support and love - it means more than you possibly know.

With so much love,

Alex


P.S. If my family and I get a miracle and win what will likely be a fight with my insurance company, every penny raised will be donated to an organization that helps transgender people get the treatment, rights and support they deserve.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 5, 2016

Posted on August 5, 2016

First of all, I'd like to take this chance to say an overwhelming thank you to every single person who donated or shared this fundraiser - I raised more than I thought I would've in a million years. Your support, both financial and emotional, means the absolute world to me and gives me a profound amount of hope. After working with my insurance company for several months and having letters from my doctors and therapist written (and rewritten a few times), they have agreed to partially cover my surgery. Thus, with the funds I have raised here and with that partial coverage, I have enough money to get top surgery. I am so overjoyed and excited - I wish I could share with you all the feeling of absolute glee that I have in regards to knowing that this surgery isn't just going to happen, it's going to happen soon

My surgery date is set to be August 22nd (meaning just SEVENTEEN DAYS from today!!!!). We still are unsure of the exact out of pocket cost of this surgery but if there are any leftover funds from this surgery they will all go to other transgender individuals who are trying to fund their transitions. I will also post the links to their fundraisers in the future. 

I am so excited for the future and once again, I am forever grateful for each and every one of you. Look out for another update after August 22nd so I can share with you post surgery thoughts and, of course, pictures. 

Thanks again for everything - I couldn't have reached this point without all of you.

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