Help my Brother

So, my birthday is this week, and I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what I want. Instead of shoes, or some item I don’t need, I decided to pick the best gift someone could ever give me: my brother.

My brother is a smart, passionate person, and one of the hardest workers I’ve ever known. He got his first job at 11 at a pharmacy, and has worked pretty much every day since then, rarely giving himself time to take a break.  He's got this insane sense of humor, able to pull out a funny moment in any situation. 

My brother has also been a heavy alcoholic for the last 10 years.

This past october, my brother got stranded in new york city and was unable to have a drink for over 24 hours. The withdrawal caused him to have a major seizure. He would have died on the pavement if his co-worker had not called an ambulance.

Withdrawl - based siezures are insanely dangerous. 

Things have been up and down for him over the past decade, but after that event, it was the first time he’s ever said “Help me, I don’t know how to help myself. I want to get better.” 

The major roadblock to getting him the help he desperately needs is his medical bill, and the cost of rehab. He does not have health insurance, or a safety net.

After the ambulance ride, treatment in the ICU, and the cost for medical rehabilitation, everything will cost about 12 thousand dollars. 
The extra would give him an opportunity to get back on his feet and start new. 

Alcholism has had its grip on my brother for too long, stripping him of the freedom to be himself. I want so much to help him get better. He won't ask others for help (it took him this long to reach out to me), but he's desparate, and asking for a lifeline. I want to be able to give that to him. 

Thank you so much for your time reading this message, and taking a moment to donate. I don't want to quietly lose my brother to the same disease that took my father away far too soon. 

**If you know my brother personally, please do not share this with him, or my mother. Regardless of how much is donated, I want this to be a surprise for both of them**

With love and hope,

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Em Tony 
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