Declan's Top Surgery

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we all have people in our lives that we would go to the ends of the earth for.

Declan is one of those people. This is about him, but I'd like to take a moment to tell you about the impact he's had on me.

My name is Ryder and I met Declan just a couple months ago on social media because of our shared favorite band, East Of Eli. We were going to a concert in New York to see the band and within 5 minutes of talking to him, Declan and I connected like siblings. Never in my entire life have I met someone as brave and as authentic as him.

Declan is trans. For those who may not know, that means that one's gender does not line up with the biological sex they were born with and the gender they were assigned at birth. 

For Declan to live as his full, authentic and happy self, he needs top surgery, a surgery in which breasts are removed and the chest is re-sculpted.

If anyone deserves to live a full and happy life, It's Declan.

At age 27, Declan was diagnosed with colon cancer, and despite achieving remission on December 24th, 2010 he is still constantly fighting for his health. Because of a condition known as familial adenomatous polyposis (an inherited disorder characterized by cancer of the large intestine (colon) and rectum) he will never be truly cancer free.

As life often does, it took another swing at Declan and his family in 2014 when his mother suffered from a brain aneurysm that left her hospitalized for a few months shy of three years. Thankfully, she's on the road to recovery but the road is long.

Declan and his mother's medical battles are ongoing and probably always will be. But they're both fighters, and I believe for once Declan deserves someone to fight for him.

Declan is one of the most genuine, selfless, and compassionate people I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. Even when he’s at his weakest, he still goes out of his way to be there for others. He’s one of the people you know that when all goes to hell, he will be by your side, holding your hand, ready to face the world.

Please help me in getting Declan this much needed surgery. Help me help him find happiness in his own skin and help me support this incredible human being in his journey. 

(art by Krysta Parisi)
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Austin, TX
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