I don't know if I am going to survive all of this:let alone make it to my 40th birthday. I want to. I want to be there for my family. I want to see my kids grow up. I want to grow old with my wife, Adria. I don't want to miss any more of my kids' games and extracurricular activities (baseball, basketball, soccer, hula). Our son, Jayden, is 7 years old and our daughter Janaye is 5 years old. They need me. I need them. I don't want their last memories of me to be the ones they are having now; memories of their daddy sick and unable to move. I want to continue to make new memories; dancing around the house together, going to theme parks and the beach, playing basketball with my friends. My family and friends are everything to me and keeping up with everyone has become increasingly difficult, not only physically and emotionally, but financially as well.
Unfortunately, all of these health issues come with a monetary expense and even though we don't want to ask for help, everyone keeps telling us to put our pride aside. In the past ten years, my work history has been limited. I have been unemployed, underemployed, and more recently, disabled. My wife has been the breadwinner and primary source of support for our family for a very long time. Supporting four people is hard enough, but when you add medical expenses and time off work, it adds up even more. My wife has been my caretaker and will be allowed to take time off work to continue helping for a while. However, she will not get paid for that time off, and that in turn, will leave us with no income. If, rather, when I get out of the hospital, I will require rehab for my leg and all costs related to rehab and a prosthetic. I will also have to pay for alterations to my vehicle for a hand held gas/brake pedal, wheelchair, and other additional expenses that I can't even imagine that are coming our way. Although we are trying to stay positive, I can't help but consider what will happen if things don't work out for me. Despite medical costs, I would like help for my wife to cover funeral expenses and, at least temporarily, sustain my wife and children. I do not have a trust fund, or sizable 401k, or even life insurance to leave to my family when I pass away. I am humbly and graciously asking that if you can spare anything at all (including your kidney), to please think of us and support me and my family in my healing and our future. Thank you!
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