A WORD FROM JOHN:
Hey guys. Thank you all so much for your donations! But I have to admit that this all would not be possible if it wasn't for a great guy I met through Reddit. His name is Chris (Reddit handle Kings_Haven) and if it wasn't for this guy selflessly offering his time to set up a fundraiser for this cause then my family would have never set this one up for me. I respectfully declined his help but it was him who took the initiative and gave us the idea to use this site for our cause. My eternal gratitude goes out to him and he deserves all the credit for this wonderful idea. Thank you, Chris. You are a Saint among the masses!!
The back story
My name is Laura and I created this fundraiser campaign to help out my brother John, who on Sunday, 9/23/12, contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis, more commonly known as Flesh Eating Bacteria. He got this bacteria through a small cut on his right pinky finger after he put his hand in a koi pond to retrieve a football that had landed there.
Less than 36 hours later, John was in the ER with the bacteria quickly eating away his pinky and traveling up his arm. Ever since, he has been in the hospital undergoing blood tests and antibiotic treatments. John has been to the local ER, 2 doctors, a hand specialist, a plastic surgeon and an infectious disease doctor.
Recently he has learned that the tip of his pinky has turned gangrene and he will need a partial amputation. He has documented his experience and has received a lot of online support from the Reddit.com community. His album can be found here (WARNING: some of the images may be disturbing):
My brother has received tons and tons of support and kind words from other Redditors. He has provided an invaluable service to those that have shared his story, including many microbiology students who will be using his case in their studies and classes.
I have created this campaign in hopes of collecting donations to help pay down some of his medical costs. My brother has only recently elected medical benefits and does not curently have a policy with his insurance company. Therefore, all expenses will be out-of-pocket.
Each and every contribution will go towards the medical bills accrued during his treatment and rehab. My brother works as contractor and makes his money based on the hours he works. This unfortunate event has put my brother out of work while he is in the hospital and therefore has no income. Your contributions will greatly alleviate the financial stress for my brother and my family as a whole once he begins his recovery.
Our Campaign and Perks to you
We set our goal at $5,000. Every cent will go towards any medical bill generated from hospital stays, antibiotics, surgeries, ambulance rides.
As of the creation of this campaign, we are currently offering just one perk since money is tight for us right now.
1) $5 donation - You will receive a personalized email of appreciation and a shout-out post on this campaign's Facebook page