For those of you who know me or have at least followed me for awhile, you know that I don’t ask much, if at all, for favors.
But I’m asking for one now.
This is Chris Riggs, or more commonly known to his friends and brothers as “Riggs”. He’s a Junior at East Carolina University and a Music Education major. He’s a talented trumpet player, a natural teacher, and a wonderful person under the somewhat jackassish surface (I say this out of love).
Riggs also has epilepsy and after taking medication and it working for about four years, something changed and it doesn’t work anymore. His seizures have tripled in the past year, to the point where he misses class for days, ends up in the hospital at least once a month or every couple of months, and lives with the worry of even stepping outside of his door in case he has seizures.
Riggs’ dream is to be a music teacher, to inspire a deep love of music in people like he does himself. He can’t do that when his health is affecting his studies. He’s not able to drive either as North Carolina law states you have to be seizure free for a year before applying for one.
There is a surgery he can have done called the Vagus Nerve Stimulator, where the doctors give him an implant that lesses the seizures and can give Riggs more balance in his life and help him become a music teacher.
Unfortunately, his family can’t afford the $40k price of the surgery on top of helping pay for Riggs’ schooling and raising their other children and insurance won’t cover the costs. That’s where you guys can come in.
Every bit helps, even if it’s one dollar. If enough people donate, Chris can have a higher chance of living through college.
I am asking that you consider donating to his gofundme (started in July, link will be down below), and/or share this post to circulate it around tumblr.
Riggs is as good as a brother to me (albeit a younger, cockier brother that you have to shake your head at all the time brother). He’s a brother of Phi Mu Alpha (Zeta Psi chapter) and we share a bond of brotherhood through a love of music. He’s dating one of my KKPsi brothers (the-souls-speech) and I see how much he loves her deeply just by watching him. He has a passion for teaching, a passion for helping, and he gives so much to others that this is the only way I can see how to help him.
With November approaching, National Epilepsy Awareness month too, please consider donating or reblogging this post for those who can.
Thank you, so much,