Top Surgery for Marcus Fund

Hey! My name is Sass and I'm a member of the Mindful Queer Collective, and an advisor with Outright L/A. I've come to know a radical, wonderful young person who is on the life-saving journey of gender transition named Marcus Mitchell, and I'd really like to help him get to his end goals. Marcus is transgender (ftm), and is desperately in need of getting his tatas removed so he can stop being misgendered in public, which is causing unyielding anguish for him regularly. Though he has already started hormone therapy, the fact that his man boobs are ample is causing an issue for him when he leaves his home, as folks who don't know him make instant assumptions about his identity.

In his own words, Marcus tells me that he really needs to get some things off his chest before entering the college scene.

In all seriousness, this surgery is something Marcus very much sees as life saving as it will allow him to combat the symptoms of his gender dysphoria, which have caused severe depression in his life that often feels impossible to crawl out from under, and that have felt life threatening on more than one occasion.

For those of you who know Marcus, you know that he is a dedicated change maker and someone who is willing to throw down his time when and where he can to try and push the world to change for the better. Particularly, Marcus works every day to help inspire others to see their best selves, and to tap into the hope that there is a brighter day to come for those struggling - in short, to say that Marcus is deserving of this help would be an understatement.

So, what does he need?
Marcus needs what is known in the transgender community as Top Surgery.  In technical terms, this surgery can be described below (TW: graphic description):
Double Incision with Nipple Grafts - A horizontal or U-shaped incision is made on the lower border of the pectoral (chest) muscle. The skin is peeled back so that breast and fatty tissue can be removed. Another incision is then made to remove the nipple. Each nipple is resized, if necessary and then replaced as a free nipple graft in position that will give the chest a more masculine appearance.

Why does he need our help?
Marcus does not currently have medical insurance, nor is he in a position to afford any. He is also very low-income and so affording the out-of-pocket expenses is out of the question for him. 

Costs and how the money will be spent:

Top Surgery usually costs $5,000-$10,000
We are trying to raise $6,500
Marcus has been in touch with a surgeon in Florida (where he lives since moving from Maine recently) and has been told the surgery will cost exactly $6,500. The $6,500 will cover the surgery, anesthesia and all follow up visits.

Additional costs will be:

•Medications •Lab Work before surgery 

•Marcus would also be looking into staying at a nearby hotel for at least a week following discharge as the surgeon is about 4 hours south of where he lives.

Our hope is that we can raise these funds by the end of this year, 2020, so Marcus can head off to college with a clean slate! He has put off his college experience hoping to get top surgery first so he can make the best of it.

Every little bit helps!!

Even just $1
(Marcus is also actively saving as well)
Thank you for considering, and please share far and wide!!!!

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Fundraising team (2)

Sass Linneken 
Organizer
Winthrop, ME
Marcus Mitchell 
Team member
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