I come to you with a heavy heart to share a story about a beloved Global Spartan, my roommate John Hao. John, a twenty-year-old international student from China, was shot in the back and critically injured during the mass shooting on the Michigan State University campus on February 13. As his close friend and roommate for the past three years, I have seen firsthand the impact of this tragedy on his life and that of his family. His parents from China are mentally crushed and traveled to Michigan to see him without being able to speak English.
The bullet severed John's spinal cord (t7-t8) and critically injured his lungs, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. As he remains stabilized in the ICU with a breathing tube inserted in his lung, his family is facing significant financial burdens. Due to Covid, they are already in a large amount of debt, and John's critical injuries are adding to the pressure on the family, leaving their parents not only to pay the debt in the future but also need to take care of John without having any income, since they are in the US without speaking any English.
John is a beloved member of our Spartan community, a leader in a student organization, and a passionate sports enthusiast. He always go to home games of detroit pistons, and his favorite player is James Harden. He is never able to drive to state parks to look at the stars anymore like he used to, He dreams of travelling the globe and having a career in sports management. However, his ongoing medical and physical needs, will also create a significant financial burden for his family and make it almost impossible to achieve his dreams.
To help John and his family, we have set up a GoFundMe page to seek kindness and support from the world. As his close friend, I am reaching out to you to help him achieve the life he deserves. All the funds will go directly to pay for his medical bills and support his family during these trying times and find any existing treatment that might fix his injuries.
Let us come together, especially as Spartans, to show the world that we support John and want him to achieve his dreams. John's story is a tragic reminder of the importance of coming together and supporting one another during times of need.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness in supporting John and his family during this difficult time. We might not be able to help him get back on his feet, but we can let him know that the love in this world is beyond physical.
Argent Qian, on behalf of the parents,
Huaiyu Zhang, on behalf of his family
A beloved brother of the victim
A fellow international Spartan
And the biggest believer in miracles.
May the best come back to you all.