Helping Abdulai Heal

Our friend Abdulai has dedicated his life to making sure unheard voices get to speak. He's supported the organizing of domestic workers, street vendors, Gulf Coast residents after Katrina, and so many more events. Now he needs our support. He has a serious cancer, a result of his work near the World Trade Center after 9/11. He needs money for medical care and to support his young family as he fights for his life.

Our dearest friend Abdulai needs our help. He hates to ask because he's too lovely to want to burden people. So we're asking on his behalf.

Over his 17 years in the US, Abdulai has driven taxis, taught radio to community organizers and created powerful journalism. He most recently was a producer at Al jazeera's Faultlines where his work won prestigious journalism awards.

Three months after celebrating the birth of his daughter, Abdulai was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. As devastating as this is, abdulai has been trying to live a normal life, spending most of his time with his now 9-month old daughter and partner.

Abdulai worked in the WTC area around the time of September 11, 2001. He never dreamed that trying to make his living back then would today land him with a very serious cancer of the blood. His physicians say it is utterly rare for a young person of Abdulai's age to have such a disease, it happens to old people. They say what he breathed in the aftermath of 911 has caused his cancer. But so far the 911 Fund has yet to provided the medical care he needs.

He's been undergoing treatments to slow the spread of the disease and minimize its overall impact. Part of that treatment is stem cell transplant, a procedure that replaces the muted cancer cells with healthy bone marrow cells. Abdulai will undergo his stem cell transplant this July. Transplant usually requires a lengthy recovery period during which abdulai won't be able to work or even socialize with friends because his immune system will be very weak, exposing him to potential infections.

Abdulai has been unemployed for over a year now. But he's been able to pay for his insurance premiums and support his family while undergoing chemo-therapies. But as we know cancer treatment is expensive, and fighting the disease can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. Let's support support abdulai as he undergoes transplant.

Our dear friend is incredibly sick. He is fighting for his life.

Here is why we need your help. Abdulai has a high monthly health insurance premium, he also is a new father and due to his illness he is unable to work. We want him to focus all his energy and spirits on getting better and being there for his baby daughter and partner. He needs help paying his bills.

Abdulai has spent his short years always cheerfully and tirelessly working to make the lives of others better. He has been through so much in his life, more than any of us will ever experience. Yet he has the most loving and positive spirit, something that we believe will help him through his cancer.

So now is our turn to help him. Every little bit counts.

Thank you for your support, 

Deepa, Kat, Carlos, and Kris
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kristofer Rios 
Brooklyn, NY
Abdulai Bah