On August 5th, 2019 Cole Calvin had an accident in his workshop while making jewelry. He was using pliers to bend a piece of metal into the shape of a snake when the pliers slipped lacerating the cornea of one of his eyes. Cole contacted his mom, Sue and was quickly rushed to the hospital where he had 5 stitches sewn into his eye during emergency surgery. After the surgery and a couple follow-up appointments Cole is on his way toward recovery with a chance that he may fully regain his vision. But recovery does not stop there.
Cole is one of millions of Americans that cannot afford health insurance. This emergency surgery will be costly and thus we are writing to you; reaching out for assistance from the local community and beyond. With a little bit of assistance from a lot of you, we will be able to keep Cole out of a lifetime of debt and back into the workshop he loves.
For the past 5 years Cole has worked with the Boise Tree Fort Festival providing service to those that attend, from hosting the big party at Main Stage his first couple years to putting on his own event in 2019. The 2019 Tree Fort Festival was special for Cole as he hosted the first Annual Drag Fort, where he brought in people from around the country to talk about topics ranging from creating safe queer spaces to how the community can work together with their differences. Cole is on a mission to bring community to his home of Boise, ID and if you know him you love him. He inspires and touches the heart of everyone he comes into contact with.
The funds donated to Cole will go toward his accumulated medical expenses.