Help Danny Pay for Top Surgery
This is my 17 year old son Danny. I'm incredibly proud of him! He is brave and honest and intelligent and he is already making the world a better place. He will be starting college in the fall as an honors student and he wants to be a teacher.
Danny has been out as a young transman for the past four years. It has been a rough road at times, but he is confident in who he is and where he wants to go in life.
He has taken a lot of time to consider the pros and cons of top surgery and has taken on the responsibility of consulting with surgeons himself. He has done his research (and I have followed up on it) and he has been in contact with a surgeon who has a lot of experience with the procedure and will work with us.
But it costs money and the insurance won't pay. The procedure will cost at least $6750. The surgeon is 5 hours away and Danny would need to stay in that town for 9-10 days while he heals so that he can check in with the surgeon. We are anticipating travel expenses as well.
We are in a bit of a hurry now, as a bill has been filed in Arkansas that would prohibit the change of gender marker on a person's birth certificate, regardless of whehter or not they have had gender affirmation surgeries. Current state law requires surgery to change that marker, but this law would make it impossible. I have raised the amount we are asking for because we may have to make adjustments in our plans due to rushing the procedure.
We are so appreciative of any help we can get. Unfortunately, gender affirmation surgeries are not viewed as necessary by many insurance companies. But we know this surgery would give Danny opportunities he has not had up to this point, such as exercising without constriction and improved mental wellness. He will also be more likely to be able to get his documentation in order before starting his adult life.
You can call the cosponsors of this bill:
Rep. Ballinger 870-350-5175
Rep. Gates 501-623-1100
Rep. Hendren 479-787-6500
Rep. Lundstrum 479-957-1959
Rep. McNair 870-754-7962
Rep. Meeks 501-277-9340
Rep. Payton 501-362-5815
We need to get this done ASAP. We are hoping there's a chance we could get him scheduled sooner, but we can't do that without cash in hand.
We are scared.