Maria Needs Your Help

$16,601 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 208 people in 17 months
I have always known that something was “different” about me. Growing up with this difference was tough for me, and I eventually gave in and pretended to be something I wasn’t – a man.

 The urges to explore my gender identity never went away – as hard as I tried to push them down – they would come back stronger. I found myself desperate to go somewhere – anywhere that I didn’t know someone so I could explore this side of me. After I graduated from high school, I chose to go to a small state college in a place where I would not know a single person – hoping that I would stumble across people with more open minds than those from my past. Sadly this wasn’t the case.

My college roommates found a stash of women’s clothes in my dresser while searching for money – and I was outed as being a “faggot”. I would come home to their semen stains on my bedding – pubic hairs on my tooth brush – and “FAG” scribbled across my door. They went through my address book – and outed me to my family and friends – and anytime they would see me on campus they would yell “there goes that panty wearing faggot” humiliating me and destroying my life.

 Later that year – I contemplated suicide. I hated my life. Hated who I was. And felt there was no way I could ever be happy. Thankfully – I had a friend reach out to me and she gave me the courage I needed to get into therapy. It was through therapy – and lots of it – that I discovered what it meant to be transgender – and I began taking the steps necessary to start my transition. I started having my facial hair removed – had my letter for hormones – and started the process to change my name. That was 13 years ago – I now have been living full time as the woman I was meant to be and just need one more step for my transition to be complete.

This has been a long and hard road to where I am at today – and many many times I felt like surgery would never happen for me. Each year that went by the more that feeling grew, until last year when I slipped into a dark hole and felt that there was little hope of me ever finding peace within myself.

But thanks to my loving wife and all of you who have lifted me up I can finally see light again.

There are a couple of hurdles on my path ahead, and the biggest one of them is funding. The good news is my health insurance is covering a portion of the surgery, but I still need to raise $14,750 to make surgery a reality.

With the urging of several friends and loved ones I have created a go fund me page to help me offset some of the costs of the surgery, and it is with great humility that I ask for your help. If you can, please donate as every last bit helps, and if you are moved by my story I would also ask that you share it with your friends and family.
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Tomorrow Night! My bandmates are throwing me a blowout fundraising bash and send off party here in Pittsburgh!

Come on out to Hambone's on 4/22 to enjoy some fantastic music, and help to support me on my journey. Music starts at 10 PM and the $5.00 door goes to my surgery fundraiser! ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1653309274972157/)

Shout out to Dumplings and Garter Shake for playing this special show with The Freshes!

And an extra $5 gives you a chance to win some amazing merch donated by 10 local bands!

Special thanks to:
Dumplings
Park Plan
LoFi Delphi
Victory at the Crossroads
Dream Phone
Strange Monsters
Smokey Bellows
Brazilian Wax
Action Camp
Love Letters

For donating to the show!
Merch Basket Raffle!
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This Saturday, April 22nd, my band - The Freshes - is throwing me a kick ass fundraiser, along with two other local Pittsburgh bands, Garter Shake and Dumplings! Come on out for night of great music, fun, and help me meet my goal!

Hambone's
4207 Butler St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
10:00 PM
$5.00

Can't make the show? You can still donate online!
The Freshes
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Announcing the Pickle Juice Bucket Challenge!

We are just $1885 away from making my goal, and if we meet or exceed my goal by midnight EST on April 14th I will shoot a video of my wife pouring an ice cold bucket of pickle juice over my head.

So make another donation, share my story, and spread the word about the pickle juice bucket challenge today!
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"Have you ever had to dry the tears from your spouses face as their very humanity on a day to day basis is denied?"

Please watch this important note from my wife, Deanna. Share it with your friends and family on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support.
"Have you ever..."
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Amy Cleal
14 months ago

You be you. Please feel loved! I have some medical bills of my own so I can't donate but love is love is love.

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Mary Ann Dimand
16 months ago

I'm sorry that I only just saw this-- and glad that I've seen it now. All the best, Maria!

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$16,601 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 208 people in 17 months
Created January 12, 2017
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TW
$10
Tyler Wheeler
14 months ago

I unfortunately could not make it to the Freshes show so I asked Maura for the link for this. Hope everything goes well with the surgery and you make a speedy recovery!

TB
$100
Theresa Brown
14 months ago

I just got a Royalty check and couldn't decide what to give myself as a gift. Giving you a gift feels very satisfying!

$2,175
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14 months ago
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14 months ago (Offline Donation)
Amy Cleal
14 months ago

You be you. Please feel loved! I have some medical bills of my own so I can't donate but love is love is love.

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Mary Ann Dimand
16 months ago

I'm sorry that I only just saw this-- and glad that I've seen it now. All the best, Maria!

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