Loving Basquali

My best friend Basquali is very sick. If you live in Brooklyn, you may also know him as that Australian guy who created and runs Smooch. A unique organic cafe and community hang in Fort Greene.

First Basquali was knocked off his motorcycle and badly broke his ankle. A major operation and an extended hospital stay were required. While convalescing for months, others had to run Smooch because Basquali could not walk. During this time, when nearly healed he broke up a fight between his dog (Tokyo, who he rescued from the street) and another. In a melee known to all dog owners, he was bitten. The wound healed, but his bone got infected and became life threatening. Another major operation was required, along with daily doses of life-saving antibiotics, drip fed directly into his infected bone. All of this has taken it's toll on his body, spirit and finances. Like many Americans, he wasn't 'properly' insured and has acquired equally life-threatening medical bills.

It is time for his friends to fight back. We all know Basquali has been a supreme giver of love to us all. And we all have a story or a unique moment of outrageous fun or immense generosity that we owe to him. These golden moments are by the hundreds because Basquali is a dare devil and has taunted, mocked and cranked up life to 11 for us all. I now want to hug him from afar with money. He and Michelle need our help. His life is being threatened. He is seriously ill. So please pray for him and love him in any other way your imagination presents to you. And do reach out with money. It will help.


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  • Baratunde Thurston 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • Molly Spindel  
    • $150 
    • 44 mos
  • Allen Farmelo 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 44 mos
  • Rikke Brogaard 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Robert Mac 
Silver Spring, MD
Mister Basquali 
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