Benjamin's Top Surgery

$3,811 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 33 months
Benjamin Carmichael Kennedy   BURLINGTON, VT

I'm Benjamin, and my goals include changing the world and petting as many dogs as possible. I'm an avid Disney fan, rabid chocolate eater, and aspiring flannel-wearing preschool teacher. I'm a Gemini, a redhead, and I get frustrated when I step on leaves in the fall and they don't crunch. I also happen to be transgender.
Being trans* doesn't change anything I said before because I'm still just me! But it does make life a little bit more complicated. 

I've been diagnosed with pretty severe gender dysphoria and depression because up until this point I have been unable to fathom the possibility of having top surgery (a double mastectomy). However, I just had a consultation with Dr. James Chappell who has agreed to do my surgery! If I can raise the money in time, I will be able to have surgery over winter break and be able to recover at home with my family. In addition, he has given me a price cut and I now only need $8,000.

My insurance will not cover any portion of this process. I am funding my own hormone therapy and the medical care/testing to keep up with it, taking care of myself at school, and working towards a car and eventually a place of of my own so that I can be fully independent. I work three jobs, help out however I can back home, am a full-time student taking 18 credits, and play in the University percussion ensemble. I know that I will never be able to fund my own surgery, so this is where I ask you beautiful people for whatever you are able to put towards my future flat chest! I hate asking for this money, and one day I hope I am able to give every penny back.


See the "reward levels" below to see what small things I have to offer for each donation amount. Any amount is amazing! YOU are amazing! Thank you so much for reading my story.

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$3,811 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 33 months
Created October 28, 2013
Benjamin Carmichael Kennedy  
  Medical   BURLINGTON, VT
$10
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15 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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18 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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18 months ago
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Sarah Paisley
19 months ago

So absolutely stoked for you : )

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JM
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Jen Magie
19 months ago

Glad it went well, Ben! This is from my mom and me.

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