Becoming Kai

$1,340 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 60 months

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting my page!  My name is Kai, I like to drink chai, fold paper cranes, and make floral arrangements.  I recently graduated from the SUNY College of Enviornmental Science and Forestry and am very passionate about the environment in which we live and nature. I work at Chipotle where I am empowered to be the best that I can be everyday and I also work at Wegmans delievering flowers.

I began my transition 4 years ago, when I went to college because I was in an environment where I felt supported by my peers. Transitioning is one of the best decisons that I ever made for myself, and compared to who I was 4 years ago, I have come such a long way and I am so happy with the person that I have become. 

With this said, there is one thing that I am missing from my journey.  I am pre-op, meaning that I have never had any surgeries for my transition. I am looking to get "top" surgery, which is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue, and the chest is reconstructed to look more "masculine". The biggest cause of my dysphoria is caused by my breasts, and having them removed would be such a big relief off my chest ;) Due to social norms and general dysphoria, I have bound my chest, and have caused some damage to my ribs and lungs, and I would love the oppurnity to not have to harm my body to pass in public or to just feel like I am the person I was meant to be.

Unfortunately, my insurance will not cover any part of my surgery because even though New York Sate passed a law that stated that insurance companies doing buisness in the state of New York had to cover transitional costs, my insurance is federally regulated, and therefore only has to abide by federal policies. It has been really hard for me to make the money that I need for my surgery, and I need help. I do not need to crowdfund my whole surgery (which is about $8,500), but I need some help to cover the miscellaneous expenses. These expenses include pre-surgical screening, pre-surgical remedies, medications for after my surgery, lodging expenses, etc. Both of my jobs involve a lot of physical labor, so I will have to be out of work for at least a month to recover from my surgery, so I also need to make sure that on top of my surgical costs that I have money to pay my rent. 

I would genuinely appreciate it if you could help me out, whether by sharing my story or giving a small donation to my surgery. Peace and Love <3

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It just occurred to me how bad I am at managing my Top Surgery Fundraiser, since it has been almost two years since I started the campaign. Reflecting back, I am definitely in a better mental position than I was two years ago, which I owe a most tremendous amount of gratitude to my supportive friends, and also to testosterone for allowing me to be more comfortable with who I see in the mirror everyday. With this said, my current biggest struggle with my transition has been not being able to get Top Surgery, since my insurance won't cover it. It would mean everything to me if you could help me out, even if it's just by sharing my campaign. Much love <3
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I would like to thank everyone who has been sharing and donating to my campaign today! I really appreciate all of you for caring about me and helping me out with this! I love you all
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I got an email stating that due to lack of activity on my page it would go inactive, unless I made an update! ;)
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Thank you to everyone that donated today! Your contribution is greatly appreciated! In one day, I am already 1% towards my goal, which is an amazing start. And thank you to everyone who is supporting me by sharing the link and sending me messages of support. I love you all
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Eric Stevens
14 months ago

I expect even more pictures of your glorious beard! :)

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Sarah Edell
54 months ago

Kai we just got your sweet thank you note and the beautiful crane! Hy still has the cranes you made her when you babysat. I hope you raise what you need quickly. We will contribute periodically as we can. We're moving to Saratoga, hope to see you upstate some time!

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Raised by 58 people in 60 months
Created January 2, 2014
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Ann Sullivan-Larson
9 months ago

Save the postage and best of luck to you.

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Autumn Elniski
9 months ago

Oscar wanted me to give this to you and to thank-you for everything that you did for him while he was with you. He said he knows it isn't a lot, but he wanted to show his gratitude and love for you. He said he loved the nights that you cuddled together and loved all the treats you gave him. He loved playing with you and greeting you when you came home because he knew it made you smile after a long day working two jobs. He said you were the absolute best dad he could have ever possibly had and that he wants you to continue being the amazing person that you are and to take care of yourself and grow. He wanted to tell you that he is always with you when you are lying in bed and you feel that little bit of warmth under your blankets that that was him, snuggling with you. He also said "mew mrow moww prrr meow prrr mow" but I'm not sure what that means. But he loves you forever, likes you for always, forever and ever your kitty he'll be.

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Maria Velazquez
9 months ago

Goodluck!

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Anonymous
10 months ago
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11 months ago
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Abby Fowler
11 months ago

Sending you love always

Eric Stevens
14 months ago

I expect even more pictures of your glorious beard! :)

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Sarah Edell
54 months ago

Kai we just got your sweet thank you note and the beautiful crane! Hy still has the cranes you made her when you babysat. I hope you raise what you need quickly. We will contribute periodically as we can. We're moving to Saratoga, hope to see you upstate some time!

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