Mend Mac's Heart

For: Mac
Organizer: Mac's Friends in Uganda
of $5,500 goal.
Raised by 198 donors
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The Story

Mac  is an amazing young man.

He's a trans activist in Uganda - a country where LGB folks -- and those that are gender non conforming -- experience immense discrimination and violence. While the Ugandan Parliament has been debating the Anti- Homosexuality Bill (which includes the death penalty in certain cases for homosexuality!), Mac's served his community for the last five years, advocating for human rights, sexuality rights, and free expression of gender.

He started up a trans support group in Uganda called TRASU, which is open to any trans* or gender non-conforming person in Uganda. He has also been the coordinator at Freedom and Roam Uganda for the past five years and partnered with Sexual Minorities (Uganda), Trans Support Initiative (Uganda), SIPD-UGanda, Gender Dynamix (South Africa), Trans Bantu (Zambia), Rainbow Identity (Botswana), and Trans and Intersex Africa (South Africa).

Mac has a heart for some of the most marginalized individuals in Uganda. He even recently opened up his home to community members who were attacked at their former homes.

Mac needs to travel in India for life saving heart surgery. He has a non-cancerous tumor growing next to his heart, which is winding around the veins of his heart.

Mac's always poured out his heart for his community. Now, lets come together to mend Mac's heart so he can keep doing amazing work.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Mac's Friends in Uganda
Hi Friends, 

After some difficultly getting in touch with hospitals, Mac received confirmation from the hospital yesterday! He's going to be going to an excellent hospital in Banagalore, India. Thank you so much for your support and help. Well make sure to keep you updated as he travels! 

Posted on April 20, 2013 by Mac's Friends in Uganda
Great news -- Mac got clearance to fly to India from his doctor!!!

He's planning to buy plane tickets for next Saturday. Well keep you updated on the details and make sure to let you know when he is planning to fly. 

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Mac's Friends in Uganda

Dear friends,

Mac found out he had malaria last week – which delayed his travel plans. Malaria takes a brutal toll on the body, but thankfully he received all the treatment he needed and is now in the recovery stage.

As an update, he will be meeting with his doctor early this week to get medical clearance to travel. We will let you know when he receives his travel dates. We’re pausing our fundraising efforts for right now until we get a new price quote from the hospital (since he now needs to rebook his dates), but we’ll keep you updated.

When I went to his house this past weekend, the first thing he told me was about a trans woman in his community was very sick. Even though Mac was still recovering from malaria, he and his friends went and visited her, brought nutritional food that she needed, and connected her with a trans-friendly doctor to make sure she will receive the medicine she needs.

I’m continually impressed by Mac’s care for his community, and very excited to see the work he continues to do after he receives his surgery. Thank you so much for your support! 

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Mac's Friends in Uganda
Hey friends! 

Sorry for the delay in updating.

Mac collapsed yesterday - he was having trouble breathing due to a complication with his tumor. He's back at home and able to breath reletively normally now, but this fundraiser could not come at a better time. 

We're almost there! We hit our fundraising target #2 - now Mac has made his hospital downpayment, and now has funding to cover the hospital stay, hospital in-take, pre-surgery testing, inland transportation, and communication. AND a wonderful trans group in New Delhi reached out to host him during his recovery. 

Now we're on the last push - fundraising target #3: the plane flight and the visa fee! Please share widely with your friends and family.

Also, please email if you know anyone that would be willing to donate airline miles.In particular, we’re looking for miles on KLM, Emirates, Qatar, Kenyan Airways, Ethiopian Air, or any other airline that flies from Uganda to New Delhi, India.

Posted on March 28, 2013 by Mac's Friends in Uganda

We’ve met our first goal - paying for the downpayment for the surgery. Now our target is the second fundraising goal of $4000. This includes the $2000 for surgery downpayment, in addition to the hospital stay, hospital in-take, pre-surgery testing, inland transport, and communication.

Here are the ways you can help:

1)   Send this websiteto your family / friends / organizations. Any amount, big or small, can help!

2)   Do you know anyone that would be willing to donate airline miles? In particular, we’re looking for miles on Qatar, Emirates, and  -- or any other airline that flies from Uganda to New Delhi, India.

3)   Do you know trans-friendly folks in New Delhithat would be willing to check in on Macand provide accommodationfor him during his non-hospital recovery?

If you’d like to help Mac out in any of the ways listed above, or would like to talk to him, please email:

Posted on March 28, 2013 by Mac's Friends in Uganda

Dear friends,

Thank you so so much for your support! Together, in just the last 5 days, we’ve raised over $1500 with the support of 65 new donors. We couldn’t have done it without you. Your contributions – from $5 to $500 – have made a HUGE difference.

As an update, this past Monday Mac postponed his trip to India because he didn’t have the deposit he needed to pay for the hospital. But now, thanks to your generosity, he has the necessary $2000 down payment.

When I talked to him this morning, he was shocked and overjoyed to check the website and see that he’d reach this milestone. After not being able to raise the money on his own last week, he wasn’t sure if the trip was possible. Now he has hope that it is.

Thank you so much!

Posted on March 24, 2013 by Mac's Friends in Uganda
Hey friends! 

Thanks so so so much for the support over the last couple of days. Its been amazing to see over $500 raised in such a short period of time! 

Mac needs to put a deposit of $2000 for his surgery tomorrow. Could you please share with your friends and family who can help him? I know he has one big donation coming in soon -- we're getting so close! Any amount helps! 

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