Let me tell you about my brother, Anderson William (or Mark as he's known to family). He's one of the most selfless persons I know. The type of person who would give you the shirt off his back. And his shoes, pants, etc. He gives so much to others. And is now in need of help himself.
On Thursday, February 8, Anderson sustained a traumatic injury to his left hand after a table saw kicked back the wood he was sawing and drew his hand in. The damage was extensive (trust me, I've seen the pictures!). He was taken to a local hospital, but they could not handle this level of trauma. He was ultimately airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO (5 hours away) where he was whisked into surgery. Surgery lasted over 8 hours and involved 4 surgeons working on his hand at the same time. The surgery required repair of numerous blood vessels, tendons, and nerves. Vessels were grafted from his foot. By God's grace, they were able to save the two fingers which were almost severed. Blood flow was restored and has remained. The doctors have every hope that he will have a full recovery, but he has a long road ahead of him.
Mark is an actor/musician who makes ends meet as a carpenter. Needless to say, his hands are his livelihood. Without use of his hand for the foreseeable future, he won't be able to work. Medical expenses are building up and will only increase. There will be expenses related to traveling back and forth to St. Louis (which is a 5 hour drive from where he is currently living) for follow-ups. He will need months of therapy to regain use of his hand (which will likely not be covered by his medical coverage). In addition, for the past several months, Mark and his girlfriend have been living on a farm in rural Missouri building their Tiny House on Wheels to fulfill their dream of traveling around the country for a year. Mark was injured while working on the house. That will obviously need to be put on hold and they may need to hire help to finish it. And because there are no hand specialists where they are currently living, they may need to move the house to California to get the best specialized care he can.
Funds raised will go towards these medical, travel, and living expenses during Mark's recovery.
Thank you - Anderson/Mark's family and friends