We want to help Robbie Trevino, an amazing artist and person, with his medical debt. As a tight knit artist community, we feel this is a crucial moment where we can really help and not leave one of our own behind. Robbie has been in extreme pain for the past 4 weeks and can only sleep 2 to 4 hours a night because of it. He is physically incapacitated and unable to work due to severe digestive issues and fatigue.
"After a week and half of being discharged, after another ER visit I can barely push a 40 oz smoothie through my body in one day. I currently weigh 137 lbs at 5’11. I am not well and after a battery of tests over 4 days by medical professionals in hospital with zero answers and slowly waiting to arrange specialist follow ups I am left daily to sit in bed or pace the apartment before I’m too tired to even think. It’s unclear what’s causing my lower digestive issues and as a result even ingesting food is a painful struggle. I cannot move my body without pain, I wake at night feeling like I’m choking and sleep maybe 2-4 hrs a night. Each day and meal is like a fun game show question where you’re unclear if the rest of the day will be pain or at least some relief, enough to watch anything on screen comfortably. Every other day is an emotional roller coaster. I am jobless and even rather than seeing answers I’m just seeing mounting medical bills and with no work to support myself it’s demoralizing.“
If you know Robbie personally then you know how much he enjoys life and sports, and how he is always there for anyone who needs help or a simple advice. You also know how hard it must be for him to talk about being in this situation and how hard it is to ask for help.
"I’ve no idea how to fix this, I feel like I can’t even live a normal non art life at the moment. I had to turn away big opportunities because of this recently which just adds to the pain. After a month with no relief I’ll take just being able eat food without almost immediate pain over almost anything else. It’s crippling, I just want to enjoy a single day again.“
ANY amount would help here as he faces extensive treatment and medical bills. While he is waiting for answers from his doctors, we feel it is our duty to do what we can to have his back and let him return to his life and career when he can without crushing debt.
Thank you so much for donating or sharing, anything helps, truly.
Note: For purposes of transparency, my name is Reid Southen, and I've been friends with Robbie since art school a lifetime ago in Detroit. Spiridon Giannakis is also good friends with him, and we just want to make sure our boy gets back on his feet. We're working on setting him up as the beneficiary to this campaign, and once that happens, he'll be the only one with access to the money and it can start going towards his ongoing medical bills and specialist visits, as well as help keep him afloat while he's unable to work.
Again, thank you so much. You've made a huge difference, and the gratitude Robbie, his girlfriend, and all of his friends and family feel is incalculable.
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