30 for 30

For: Anthony Carbajal
Redlands, CA
Organizer: Augie Nieto
30 for 30 (Anthony Carbajal)
$13,921
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 196 donors
46% Complete

The Story

My birthday wish… Will you help me help 30 ALS families for my 30th birthday?

Augie Neito, thoughtfully surprised me and created this fundraiser page for my future caregiving expenses. To expand his kindness,  my family and I have decided together to re-gift this to 30 ALS families. ALL donations will be divided evenly to these families. We are collecting photos from everyone and will share their names here in the next few days with their consent.

I have an overwhelming feeling of humility and gratefulness in my heart. Grateful for the abilities that I still have and for all the support that has uplifted my family and I. At the same time, I also cannot imagine what it must be like for the families that may not have the same opportunities. So, for the following weeks, I would love to celebrate life with all of you by offering a gift to 30 other families that truly need our support. I want to share the love you have given me because it has brought so much inspiration, strength and hope to our famiIy.

I was told that this may be too ambitious. But I feel the contrary. I feel inspired. This disease does not have to be a death sentence. Life with ALS can be meaningful and beautiful. Let's show the world. 

Initial post from Augie: Happy 30th Birthday to my good friend Anthony Carbajal who single handidly $4 million for ALS TDI during the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014! As you know, living with ALS isn't cheap so I'd like to ask all of our social media friends to join me in a "30 for 30" challenge. Click the link and donate $30 for Anthony's 30th Birthday. 100% of funds raised will help Anthony and his family with caregiving expenses!!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 14, 2017

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Our 17th recipient for our 30 for 30 fundraiser is the awesome John Reed from Pensylvania. Here is his story.John loves the outdoors, and continues hunting, fishing and being in nature in his modified wheelchair with the help of his beautiful family and community. After his ALS diagnosis, he has decided not to give up on doing the things that he loves to do. But just like most ALS stricken families, John’s wife Beth Reed has to work 7 days a week and pay out of pocket for caregiving expenses. Being a patient with a tracheotomy, John requires full-time care. Despite many obstacles, they continue to stay positive and hopeful. 

“I was working 7 days a week, and now my wife does it all". His wife Beth, who is also his childhood sweetheart, is now the main bread winner of their home. "Financially we have nothing. My 401k is just about gone. We worry about not being able to pay for everything. I have two helpers that sit with me so my wife Beth can work. It's so hard for me to see her work this hard. But' I am so thankful. Not only for her, but for our family, friends, and neighbors. Together, we do everything. We are truly a team!"Even after all of this, John Reed’s hope is to spread awareness and to encourage ALS patients to never give up. " ALS SUCKS, BUT LIFE DOESNT HAVE TO” - John ReedWill you help me by reaching out directly to John Reed and his wife Beth Reed and send some love and support... and if you have the means to, please consider donating and sharing this link:www.youcaring.com/anthonycarbajal-868210


Posted on August 14, 2017

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Posted on August 14, 2017

I challenge you to read these profound heart-wrenching words below in honor of all the sacrifice and selfless love given by spouses who are also caregivers. Written by Jaime Agosto on her Facebook wall during ALS awareness month. I will include the original link to the full post in the comments below along with a couple of ways you can help. Please consider reaching out to them, and offer your love and support. Her loving husband, Eliud Enrique Agosto,
has ALS…“I took a vow ‘in sickness and in health’. Did I know it would mean this? Of course not. I am his personal nurse. I take care of cleaning, bathing, suctioning, changing of clothes, sheets, pillow cases, making sure all equipment is working, all supplies are here, I crush meds and give them to him, I hook up his food and make sure it's flowing, I clean his trach site and his feeding tube site, I wake up 2-4 times a night (after going to bed after 2) to help him pee or move, I adjust him when he is in pain, I feed him yogurt/pudding/ice cream whenever he asks. I check oxygen levels, pulse, blood pressure and temp. I am home 24/7 staring at the same 4 walls day in and day out. I spend 24/7 in the hospital with him if he needs to go so i can advocate for him. (I have pissed off many nurses). I have to fight with insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and Humana Med D. I have to try and get to the doctor (without insurance, as we can't afford it). I have lost almost 30lbs since I don't eat like I should. I have had to come to terms with the fact that I can't hug my husband, he can't grab me and kiss me, he can't grab/slap my butt like he used to love doing, we can't make love, we can't cuddle. Would you be able to do this? I have been asked if I'm a nurse. I have been told people look up to me, I am special, I am strong. I don't see it. I see a wife taking her vows seriously and taking care of her husband in his time of need. My back is shot, my sciatic nerve kills me, and I wake up in pain most days. I have anxiety. I have depression. I have cried, screamed, yelled, and wanted to hide. But I still move on. I worked full time and took care of him until Aug when he got the trach. I then quit my job and became his full-time caregiver. I get NO COMPENSATION for this. The state of Florida does not recognize what I do as a need for help. It was either work and pay a nurse with whatever I made or quit and do it myself. The only income we have is his disability. We can't afford anyone to come in and help… I am looking for a part time stay at home position because we need the money. … I got a Bible and started to go to church recently. I pray every day and do devotions every day. I pray for a miracle and I have faith that one day our miracle will come through and he will walk again. Why am I telling you all this? Why am I letting you know we struggle financially? Why would I let you in my life like this? It's simple. Be blessed for what you have. Fight for what you want. Don't take anything for granted because you never know when things can change and your whole world is turned upside down. I would do this again in a heartbeat because the love I have for my husband is beyond sickness. He is one hell of a fighter and I look up to him. I admire him. I would do anything for him. Without me, he wouldn't be here and he deserves a chance just like everyone else. If you read this, thank you."Will you help me by reaching out directly to Jaime and her husband Eliudto send some love and support... and if you have the means to, please consider donating and sharing this link:www.youcaring.com/anthonycarbajal-868210Jaime and Eliud are my 16th chosen ALS grant recipients. We are attempting to send a little love to 30 ALS families that are in desperate need of our help for my 30th birthday!


Posted on August 14, 2017

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Our next recipient is a proud father, loving husband, and talented singer-songwriter... I am beyond honored to share his story:Bryan Wayne Galentine, and his beautiful wife Staci have two young boys. At just 49 years old, being diagnosed with ALS has been extra devastating for him and his family. They are preparing for the financial struggles that this disease brings, on top of the regular life hurdles and future of their boys. He hopes to live a meaningful life, create memories with his family and continue being an artist before he is physically unable to do so.

“BWayne” is a Nashville singer/songwriter. Just a year after his diagnosis, Bryan shares “My tongue and throat muscles are definitely getting weaker which is causing me to have trouble swallowing, making me cough and making it harder to do vocals. I am feeling the urgency to write and sing as much as I can”. His 2002 hit “What If She’s An Angel” poses the question- if you came across someone in need- a homeless person, a domestic abuse victim, a child with cancer- would you offer to help, or just go about your way? It’s now time to help Bryan and his family in his own time of need. Will you help me send Bryan and his beautiful wife some love and support... and if you have the means to, please consider donating and sharing this link:www.youcaring.com/anthonycarbajal-868210Bryan is our 15th chosen ALS grant recipient. We are attempting to help 30 ALS families that are in desperate need of our love and support as a gift for my 30th birthday! So far we've been able to raise $11,239 enough to give each family $375! Hoping to give each family at least $1,000 dollars at the end of these 30 days. Will you help us reach our goal?

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