If you’re lucky enough to know Jack, you already know he is a kind, loving, excellent Mapa to his daughter and a rock solid person, but you may or may not already know that his top surgery* has been scheduled for this May 7th, 2019! This is incredibly exciting, a little bit scary, and very expensive: we need your help.
Jack has wanted this surgery for a very long time, and we are so excited that it's finally happening. While the surgery in itself is a pretty big deal, Jack received incredible news that OHIP will be covering part of the surgical cost of a Double Incision Mastectomy. While this news is the best possible scenario for him, the financial burden does not stop there.
Here's an outline of the costs we know so far:
Remaining Surgical Cost Due on April 25th - $2260 includes tax
Living Expenses Post Surgery - $2500
Any help that you can offer is greatly appreciated. We can do this! If you can’t afford to donate, that’s totally A-OKAY because there are still lots of ways you can help - send a card, suggest podcast/movie recommendations or stop by for a visit, AND don’t forget the most important one share the heck out of this page!
*Are you a friend or family member of Jack’s that’s super supportive of this decision, are incredibly happy for him, but also a little confused about this top surgery business and are afraid to ask?
Have no fear - please find below some useful resources for learning about the world of gender identity, gender expression, and top surgery. This list is not, of course, comprehensive or entirely reflective of Jack's lived experience, but it's a good place to start.
What is top surgery? From Jack’s surgeon:
The Gift of a Lifetime:
A gender queer perspective on top surgery:
And google onwards, my friends! There's plenty to learn, and plenty of people to learn from.
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