Hi, my name is Kevin Su, and I'm fundraising to enter The World Series of Poker (WSOP). You may ask, what kind of F'n fundraiser is this?!
Well, I recently have gone through the misfortune of losing my older cousin (who was like a big brother to me) to pancreatic cancer. My mom survived a stroke; I survived head trauma from a car accident and then losing my younger brother to an overdose, which ultimately affected my family's mental health.
My cousin lived overseas in Taiwan, and when he found out he had six months to live, he went all over the orient to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Still, as the doctors predicted, my cousin died after six months in November 2019, ironically, which was Pancreatic Cancer Month; I got to FaceTime with him before he passed. At that moment, I wanted to fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, but it just happened too quickly that November had passed. I still would love to fundraise and contribute to Pancratic Cancer Awareness in the future to come.
In December 2019, I was in a car accident that the airbag deployed and saved my life; my car was totaled, and I was lucky to be alive. But a few weeks after that, I developed facial & head pains when breathing and swallowing; it progressively got worse and continues to be an enigma without a cure. I was eventually hospitalized for two months to regain my mental health due to head trauma that may have caused me to experience possible head concussion and CTE; to cope and live with my head trauma and continue to find a cure. So donating to support continual research for Brain Trauma, Concussion & CTE Awareness.
Then my mother had an unexpected stroke a year later, in November 2020. Luckily my father noticed 1 of the five signs (BEFAST of TedysTeam.org https://tedysteam.org/the-organization/stroke-information/ ) of a stroke as he is a retired pharmacist in the medical field. While on a routine walk around their neighborhood, my father talked to my mom, but she was quiet and looked as if she had difficulty speaking, one of the five symptoms of a stroke. Right-a-way my father called 911, and thankfully my mother was able to recover. As you all know, after going through a stroke, relearning how to read, write, speak, walk, drive, and even mental health is a slow redevelopment with a series of therapy and rehabilitation. I would like to contribute to the prevention of strokes and donate to Stroke Awareness as now it is close to my heart that my mother is a stroke survivor.
About five months after that, my younger brother suddenly died in April 2021 from an accidental overdose. I have not yet come to terms with the situation. Still, overdose is an ever-growing concern in cities across the United States, and I would love to fundraise and contribute to Overdose & Addiction Awareness in the future as well.
So because of losing my big/little brother, especially my younger brother (my best friend), I had to deal with depression and almost lost myself. I engaged in new hobbies, including Poker, to snap out of it, and take control of my life. Poker has, in a way, saved my life. I have never played a hand of poker before, and apparently, I am pretty good at it. In the short time of 4 months of joining a local poker league (Eastern Poker Tour, NorthShore Region) https://www.easternpokertour.com/_p/player/profile/id=43854&results=viewall , I have won 5 Nightly Tournaments, Ranked Top 10% monthly since May 2022, Ranked #1 for July 2022 and qualified for monthly championship tournaments monthly. I have placed Top 35 and, most recently, in the money, and finished 13th out of 189 players in the Monthly Championship Tournament (https://blog.easternpokertour.com/?cat=75&paged=4 https://blog.easternpokertour.com/?cat=73&paged=4) . So fourthly, I would like to use my new-found poker skills to contribute to Mental Health Awareness.
With that said, I have gained new friends that I call my family and reunited with old friends who all supported me and my new skill, and poker gave me new opportunities to go to new places, see new things and meet new people. I found poker to sharpen my mind, learn from my mistakes, and look positive into the future/next hand, even when things look good or bad and I have to fold a good hand/walk away from a situation. You live to play another hand, just like you learn to pick your battles in life.
Many people have encouraged me to continue with poker and play in bigger tournaments. So I am starting this GoFundMe page to raise a total of 80K; with 20K going towards the entry fee ($10,000) plus expenses for the Main Event at WSOP on June 3, 2023; if any remaining, the rest will also be donated. The remaining 60K will be donated equally to all 4 awarenesses. Here is the KICKER; IF I finish in WSOP 2023 in the money, I will donate 50% of my winnings equally to all four awarenesses. (Pancreatic Cancer, Overdose and Mental Health Awareness).
So, I'm fundraising to have a chance to enter the WSOP and donate to charities that support Pancreatic Cancer, Overdose, Head Trauma/CTE, Stroke and Mental Health Awareness.
I know this may be an unusual fundraiser, but it is worth a try for four good causes and proves that Poker is one of the world's best sport/game that could save lives. I believe it saved mine.
In advance, I thank you and appreciate you all for your contributions, and if this happens in 2023, I promise I will do my best to be in the money and donate to the four awarenesses (Pancreatic Cancer, Overdose, Stroke and Mental Health Awareness.)
P.s. Total donations will be distributed to the following Awarenesses:
- PanCan.ORG for Pancreatic Cancer
- Shatterproof.ORG for OD/Addiction
- TedysTeam.ORG for Stroke
- Mental Health America (mhanational.ORG).
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