Mohamed Bzeek - Foster Father

$366,476 of $100k goal

Raised by 6,905 people in 1 month
Margaret Cotts
on behalf of Mohamed Bzeek
 OAKLAND, CA

"The key is you have to love them like your own".

Mohamed Bzeek has been a foster parent for terminally ill children for over 20 years.  

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-foster-father-sick-children-2017-story.html
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2/24/17

I wanted to share some really beautiful interviews with Mohamed:

PBS News Hour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqnoGDQ2i2k&feature=youtu.be 

Michaela Pereira - HLN
http://www.snappytv.com/tc/4001842 

NPR - Morning Edition
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/19/516064735/a-foster-parent-for-terminally-ill-children 

Thank you again to everyone who has donated. Mohamed's story of love and dedication has clearly struck a nerve.



2/13/17

I just had a long, lovely talk with Mohamed. With his permission, I would like to mention some of the things that the donations will be used for:

1. Air Conditioning/ Heating
Mohamed is going to get central air conditioning and heating.  Both of Mohamed’s children have problems regulating body temperature.  Right now Mohamed just has a swamp cooler in his living room. He mentioned that in the summer when it gets hot, the family has to spend all their time in the living room, near the swamp cooler. 

2. Support
Mohamed has not taken a single day off since 2010. In 2010 he took 6 weeks off to visit family in Libya. But apart from that he hasn’t taken a day off since 2000. The donations will enable Mohamed to hire another nurse, if he needs additional support, or needs to take a break.

3. Adam’s Education
Mohamed is very happy to be able to use some of the donations towards his son Adam’s college education.

4. A New Van
Mohamed has a 2003 van.  He is very dependent on his van  to take his children to doctor and hospital visits. He would like to use part of the donation to get a new, wheelchair accessible vehicle.

5. Roof Repairs
Mohamed mentioned that his roof has been leaking badly for a while. He said that the donations came at just the right time.

I can’t convey what a lovely, humble person Mohamed is.

We spoke for over an hour, and most of the time was spent with him telling me beautiful stories about the children he has loved and taken care of.  He also mentioned in passing that his family members in Libya had created an organization to take care of Libyan orphans, and so far they had served over 600 orphans.

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2/9/17

Yesterday I had never heard of Mohamed Bzeek.  

I was feeling overwhelmed and disturbed by the hate speech I was seeing on the internet. Then I happened across the article about Mohamed in the LA Times.  I read it and burst into tears.  

It was healing to read about someone who is so genuinely good.  I was touched by his faith, his gentleness, and his dedication and love for his children. 

Mohamed has been of service, not only to his children, but to everyone who  has read the article.  In these times when there is so much hate,  it is inspiring and reassuring to read about someone who is so good and full of love.  

Thank you, Mohamed.  The world is a better place because you are in it.

Also, thank you, Hailey Branson-Potts.  Hailey wrote the article in the LA Times. In the hands of a lesser writer, this article would not have touched so many people.

Thank you for introducing  us to Mohamed.  And thank you for writing about an ordinary (and extra-ordinary) Muslim American.  

To quote 2 donors:

"In light of the current state of rhetoric in our country regarding Muslim Americans, people like Mohamed need to be seen and heard."

"It was so wonderful for the LA Times to do the story on just another person who "happens to be" Muslim and who happens to be an angel." 

( I also added an update explaining what motivated me set up the GoFundMe campaign).

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Adam Bzeek,  Mr. Bzeek's son, will be withdrawing the funds on behalf of the campaign . 

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! I am very touched and humbled by the outpouring of support and donations.
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All funds raised go to Mr. Bzeek and his family.  

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The comments have been turned off.  Thank you everyone for your kind words and support.

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The BBC World Service has a beautiful interview with Mohamed. (The interview starts 1:00 minute in, and lasts for 11 minutes.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04w19kh
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Posted by Margaret Cotts
25 days ago
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Thank you to everyone who has donated! The original campaign goal was $30,000, and it just hit $300,000. Thank you to everyone for your kind support.
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Mohamed and I were talking the other day, and he mentioned people who are “blinded by hate”. I had a visual image of people wearing actual “horse blinders”, people who are trying to keep as narrow a point of view as possible.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the importance of accurate representation in the media, both of Muslim-Americans, and of people with disabilities.

The opposite of being blinded is being able to see things as they are.

The LA Times article and the PBS News Hour video were especially powerful, because they showed the small essential details which made Mohamed real and vivid to people (talking about his daughter’s soul, sleeping all night on the couch in case she choked, the smile on her face when she smelled the smoke from the birthday candles.)

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I am posting this with Mohamed’s kind permission:

www.gofundme.com/lowtech

I was inspired to create a GoFundMe campaign. I am creating a website on low tech communication for people who aren’t able to speak-

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P.S. I have been deluged with dozens of emails about the campaign. It will take me a while to respond to everyone, but I will respond to all messages that require action. Thank you for your patience.
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Update 9
Posted by Margaret Cotts
27 days ago
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I wanted to share some really beautiful interviews with Mohamed:

PBS News Hour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqnoGDQ2i2k&feature=youtu.be

Michaela Pereira - HLN
http://www.snappytv.com/tc/4001842

NPR - Morning Edition
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/19/516064735/a-foster-parent-for-terminally-ill-children

Thank you again to everyone who has donated. The response has been astonishing. Mohamed's story of love, faith and quiet devotion clearly touched a nerve. Thank you.
PBS News Hour Interview with Mohamed
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$366,476 of $100k goal

Raised by 6,905 people in 1 month
Created February 8, 2017
Margaret Cotts  
on behalf of Mohamed Bzeek
AR
$100
Asiya Raja
3 mins ago

May allah swt bless you with a long life and ease all your burdens as you are easing the pain of these innocents. Ma'sha'allah

BB
$100
Bilal Baydoun
5 mins ago
$100
Susan Evangelista
6 mins ago

Thank you, for all that you do, you're an inspiration.

DH
$50
Dotty Hopkins
6 mins ago

What a blessing you are to the world sir. Thank you for all you do.

RJ
$150
Ross Jacobson
8 mins ago
$10
Anonymous
23 mins ago
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$50
Michael Welch
24 mins ago

You are an angel. God bless.

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I seriously love you for doing this.

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