Easten's Road to Recovery
Organized by: Halen Tanimoto
If I could describe Easten Tanimoto in one word...Heart. Loyal to his friends, proud for his family and humble towards all. He is my brother, friend and someone I look up to, even though he is younger than me. I am so proud and honored to be a part of his life.
The last two years I have lived with him we bonded over cup a noodle dinners and can of tuna lunches. We struggled, fought and together brought each other up. I’ve witnessed him working on his craft, ever chasing perfection. His work in film is a thing of beauty. He can capture things that make me feel as if I’m blind, and open my eyes to things I have never seen. His dream is to use his talents in film to help others express themselves and be able to share their message of positivity.
There have been some setbacks in his journey to perfection. To start, on May 8, 2014 our apartment got broken into, and the target being technology. Cameras, lenses, computers and hard drives; all tools of expression were taken; hours of footage were lost, memories stolen. All his schoolwork, professional footage and personal projects had disappeared in a matter of minutes. This began a new chapter in his life. He had to start from scratch. Rather than getting upset, he kept going, focusing on his purpose and finding a deeper value to his work. That was Thursday.
Fast forward four days. Monday, May 12, 2014. This was the happiest I had seen him in a while. The stress of school, pressure of work and worries of society all went away on this night. The night was full of good energy. Easten feeds off of positive vibes like Popeye feeds off spinach. And on this night he was invincible. He left the house a quarter to midnight, and we didn't see him until 2 a.m., Tuesday morning at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He was being treated for burns to 60% of his body, broken femur, two punctured lungs and possibility of electrocution. What or why it happened are questions that only Easten can honestly answer. But, I can tell you how you can help. Be the very best you can be. Work hard every waking second to spread positivity and joy through your actions. The energy spent will carry through to Easten and he will grow stronger. On day one it was painful not knowing of his condition. The doctors feared the worst. But, Easten is a BEAST!!! And as I kept thinking of how much joy he has brought and how much more he will bring, he came to life. Blinking his eyes to tell me he loves me, wiggling his fingers and toes. Even throwing up a SHAKA to say he's, all good. I am confident that my brother is here in spirit and mind. His body is slowly catching up.
Please help support him in this hard time. The life of a college student is already a financial burden and your donations are going towards helping Easten continue his life as an artist, student and friend. Help my brother continue to share his message of positivity.