Help my brother pursue his dream; so he can live again!
Organized by: Angela Reeser
My brother Tony is only 42 and has been parapaligic since he was 21. He's struggled with depression, addictions, homelessness and now he has pressure wounds that aren't even stageable a bone infection, Osteomyelitis... the only cure is surgery. They won't do surgery bc he has medicaid. I'm trying to get him to Tennessee from StL, MO to get better treatment I hope. Here he wants to heal and then obtain the equipment & instruments to teach mentally/physically challenged kids how to play the drums! He has played since he was 4 or 5 & when he was paralyzed at 21, he thought he'd never play again. Playing the drums is his life! He came up with a hack before electronic drums came out to use his elbow for the base and continued to persevere! He done tours with Vino Alan (some of you may know him from X factor; or who he is today) as Vino's drummer. He played while chair soft ball and was one of the the first paraplegic to hit the ball over the fence! He has so many goals and dreams... yet they want him to believe those days are gone to pass. I know what my brother is capable of and I know his heart! He just needs the inspiration, better wound care, to get to Tennessee (he has to be in a hospital bed or laying down atleast to travel the distance) & some love and Tony will accomplish his dreams! He lost his drums and bongos and everything when he went into a long term care facility where he was neglected! Please help me get him the surgery that will get him healthy again so he can make a change in this world! That's his dream! If he can change one kids life and help them believe in their self then mission accomplished! Thank you brothers and sisters! I love you all!