This kid here is Julian, he’s 2 years old now. He was tragically injured in a car accident at 6 months old, thanks to a drunk driver asshole. He’s been in a wheelchair ever since. The doctors he goes to now say they don’t have enough experience dealing with those injuries on such a young person. Shriner’s in Chicago offered a free evaluation, they just need to get and stay there which unfortunately costs a lot of money anyway. So there’s this fund going and even if you can’t donate yourself please just signal boost this and maybe it reaches people who can.
(I’m trying not to be mad as fuck but seeing funds for shit like racist cops and potato salad reaching thousands and this fund going so slow is making it really hard not to get absolutely livid and throw stuff around.)
Guys, signal boost the fuck out of this. This kid has a shot at free treatment, and they just need to money to get to the Shriners hospital.
So I REALLY HATE to bum people out about signal-boosting this, BUT, it is also really important to say this:
Shriners hospitals are NOT safe, good, or actually healthy/helpful options for many children, esp. disabled children.
My friend Nomy (I’m linking to her and naming her here because this is a thing she is pretty out about/talks about in her work a lot) was subject to severe, non-consensual, and completely medically unnecessary medical procedures at the hands of the Shriners when she was a toddler (including an unneccessary limb amputation that they did for solely cosmetic reasons). She and her partner Lisa are currently making a film about her experiences as a kid in Shriners hospitals (the film is in progress, so I can’t link to it directly yet, but they showed some clips from it at this show thar I’m pointing you towards).
In the process of working on this film, Nomy has spoken to many other folks who were treated in Shriners hospitals as children. Most of them also have pretty horrifying and traumatic stories. The vast majority of the folks she’s spoken to are disabled, of color, and/or from poor or working-class backgrounds, which is no accident. The Shriners offer free care to people and communities who desperately need it (precisely because of the intersections between racism and classism and ableism)… which means that these patients are much more vulnerable to being treated like chattel and experiments… and then the cycle begins anew. It is a truly horrifying thing, and especially because I have seen first-hand the ways that these issues have impacted somebody I love very much… Well, I just don’t feel right not saying anything.
(Also, do not even GET me started on the bizarre culty-ness of the Shriners, and their upfucked beliefs about the “magicness” of disabled children. And/or google if it you haven’t already, because YIKES.)