Trans Elder Marcus Arana aka Tio Still Needs Our Help

For: Marcus Arana aka Tio
Organizer: StormMiguel Florez
$2,013
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 56 donors
67% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

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As many know, Marcus Arana, lovingly known as Tio, has been a lifetime contributor to fighting for civil rights. After chronic degenerative health concerns forced him into early retirement, Tio has struggled with worsening health, gripping poverty, and growing debts. Currently sheltered and cared for by family and friends, nonetheless, Tio is homeless, sick, disabled, and not able to work. He is awaiting his SSA adjudication next year.


Tio underwent treatment for lymphoma earlier this year and you all helped him weather the costs of chemo and radiation. Recently, additional tests have discovered a mass in his small intestine and we are raising money for Tio's medical costs associated with its diagnosis and removal. Since March, Tio has undergone numerous expensive diagnostic tests to investigate continuing post-cancer-treatment nausea and pain, including an endoscopy, 1 full body CT scan, 2 colonoscopies, and a PET scan. The mass will be removed via bowel resection on September 22nd and Tio will spend at least 3 nights in the hospital. 

All of these tests, procedures, doctor's visits, surgeries, and drug prescriptions carry co-pays that have stretched his limited means far beyond covering these costs. In addition, Tio needs nutritional assistance to fight the malnutrition caused by the tumor. We are hoping the mass turns out to be benign but his medical history suggests it may be another lymphoma which will mean undergoing chemo therapy for the next 2 years.

So, we turn once again to community to help out our Tio as he undergoes another surgery. We hope to raise $3000 to cover his current medical debt as well as surgery and recovery expenses. Thank you for your ongoing help and support of a community elder and beloved uncle. Every contribution takes us closer to goal and every share of this link is crucial for us making goal. On behalf of his caretakers, of his family, and of Tio, We thank you for being part of Tio's community and for helping in his time of need.


PERKS FOR GIVING!
Tio and his family are ever grateful for the ways that community has supported Tio during the past year. We know that there are many important efforts to raise funds in our communities and that many of us are spread thin. That is why we want to offer Familia Rewards to let you know just how much we appreciate you and your support! So check out the rewards below and please accept them as a sincere token of our gratitude.



Familia  $5 and up

Choose this level and get a virtual hug and shout out from Tio

Prima/Primo  $20 and up
Choose this level and get a big hug from Tio in person (Bay Area only)

Sobrino/Sobrina  $35 and up
Choose this level and get a digital copy of Long Lost Sun CD by StormMiguel Florez

OR

a digital copy of Diagnosing Difference a documentary by Annalise Ophelian FEATURING TIO being super brilliant and insightful about the medicalization of trans identies.  http://www.diagnosingdifference.com

Sobrino/Sobrina+  $45 and up 
Choose this level and get a digital copy of Long Lost Sun CD by StormMiguel Florez

AND

a downloadable copy of Diagnosing Difference, a documentary by Annalise Ophelian FEATURING TIO being super brilliant and insightful about the medicalization of trans identies.

Tia/Tio  $50 and up
Choose this level and get an invitation to San Francisco Karaoke Party celebrating Tio (Bay Area Only)

AND

a physical DVD of Diagnosing Difference, a documentary by Annalise Ophelian FEATURING TIO being super brilliant and insightful about the medicalization of trans identies.
http://www.diagnosingdifference.com  (10 of 10 DVDs left)

Hermana/Hermano  $100 and up
Choose this level and get a digital copy of a song from Tio (Reward will be available by the end of October)

Padrino/Padrina $250 (1 of 1 left)
Portrait session in San Francisco with Drago Renteria, an up and coming talented Deaf Chicano Trans photographer. Check out his work at https://www.facebook.com/dragomedia

Mama/Papa (2 of 2 left)  $500 and up
Choose this level and Tio will come to your home and make you a home cooked meal for you and three of your friends. Tio is a damn good cook! (veggie, vegan, or meat) (Bay Area only - after Tio recovers from surgery)

Abuela/Abuelo (2 of 2 left)  $1,000 and up
Choose this level and Tio and StormMiguel will come to your home and perform a private concert for you and your friends (Bay Area only - after Tio recovers from surgery)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 13, 2014

Posted on November 13, 2014

Wow! Yesterday turned out to be a big, beautiful surprise for me. In honor of his birthday, my nephew Storm posted my fundraiser and asked for donations and shares. Thank you's and virtual hugs to Anna Bergman, Melinda Zarrett, StormMiguel Florez, and 6 Anonymous donors for a combined gift of $393 in a few hours. Thank you as well to the 8 people who shared my link. My share of the $94,000 bill for stomach surgery/tumor removal is $893. Thank you for easing a great burden. I had not realized how heavy that weight felt until it lessened a bit.

Despite medical interventions, I remain ill with pain, fatigue,  and nausea and I will be undergoing a 4 hour nuclear test in December to see what's up. In the meantime, surrounded by such vast love, my spirits remain high and I am happy. May the ancestors watch over you and may Creator send you all great blessings!


Posted on October 6, 2014

Posted on October 6, 2014

Message from Tio:  It's been just two weeks since my surgery - hard to believe it's been such a short time. Still dealing with pain and nausea and waiting for more tests. Sorry for my lag in the updates but I have not felt well this past week.

Big thanks and hug to Ann Prewitt for your sweet donation. Thanks as well to all who are sharing this link. Together, we will get to the goal. Thank you to Team Tio!

Posted on October 4, 2014

Posted on October 4, 2014

An update from Tio:

http://youtu.be/HoaiYl8L2RQ

(See campaign home page if you cannot click on the link. Thanks!)

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