Posted on October 28, 2017
***FINANCIAL EMERGENCY, PLEASE HELP AND SHARE***
The good news: through your combined generosity, this fundraiser has raised $51,222 to date, peaking in March! The bad news; with no other money but my negligible SSDI, and costs I’ll outline in a second, I’m now left with $300-some in my bank account, 2 months behind on rent as of November 1st, and facing a $250 upfront charge for an unmissable appointment a 10-hour roundtrip drive away on Monday, which itself means needing gas money and somewhere to stay, on top of needing almost $400 out of pocket to cover wheelchair add-ons my insurance didn't cover (push-rim covers, luggage rack, etc). Specifically, with rising rx costs and copays, my $556/month insurance premiums (I still haven't found as high quality a plan on the exchange with cheaper premiums), necessary trips to see specialists in Dallas every few months, 7 ER visits since July at a $100 copays each+20% bills after the fact, 20% copays on expensive tests, doctors' visits up to 6 times a month, 4 surgeries since April, and all this on top of living expenses and emergencies like rent (I’m on a 600+ family waiting list for subsidized housing, but until then, I’m left paying rent on the house I shared with my father before his death, unable to find accessible housing in a college town even after literal years of looking), utilities, car insurance, car insurance deductible for a recent minor accident, all of which can’t even themselves be covered by my SSDI have depleted this fundraiser; basically, your generosity was not enough to sustain me indefinitely and my condition has deteriorated to the point I can't find any kind of employment to supplement my benefits enough to cover even living expenses.
Again, the funds needed to get me to and from this appointment, and cover living expenses on an emergency basis for the next month, would ideally be $3000-4000 (my $2000 overdue rent, $300 utilities, car insurance, my $600 insurance premium, $250 for the appointment and $100 for gas to and from the 5 hour away doctor, possibly $75 for a motel so I could stay there without having to drive 10 hours on top of the doctors’ appointment, and a few hundred of wiggle room to pay for those push-rim covers, prescription copays, and any extra appointment copays in November).
So if everyone could reach deep and find it within their hearts to be generous once more; even if everyone who donated to this fundraiser gave only $5-10 each, that would go a long way to avoiding homelessness, keeping my health insurance paid, my car insured, my prescriptions paid for, and getting me to this essential appointment and back Monday. I’ve raised the goal amount to reflect this needed emergency $3-4k, but I also will be raising it in the coming days to reflect another surgery coming up - a gastric pacemaker that we hope will get me off my recent feeding tube surgeries, but costs $120,000+ average out of pocket and therefore will cost me a 20% copay of $24,000+.
Additionally, if anyone wants to help out by helping with household expenses and OTC medical expenses, I have an Amazon wishlist with things like pet food, flea and tick products, over the counter medications, etc here http://a.co/6MmzS9L. Thank you again everyone for your generosity thusfar; I'm sorry it didn't go further, and I'm sorry to have to ask you to draw upon it once more, but I thank you all in advance for anything you can do to help.