News: NeoGAF community raise funds to help user’s Mother

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NeoGAF, one of the biggest video game discussion forums on the internet, is home to thousands of posters including Amir0x. Amir0x has reached out to the community for some help, his mother is severely ill and the medical bills are really getting to them.

“Some of you may be aware, since I’ve mentioned it around a few times, that my mom is severely ill. She’s always been sick (she has everything from rheumatoid arthritis to lupus to Sjögren’s syndrome), but because of the fortitude she has, she’s fought it with a smile, and continued to be the loving and devoted mother and matriarch that got us all through the difficult times in our lives. 

 Now she is going through one final obstacle in her life, for which there is no likely going back. She has been diagnosed with some severe form of Vasculitis, which may be Wegener’s Granulomatosis or another severe form, but the point is that as a result of this, her kidneys failed in September 2011. 

 Since then, it has been a fight with her medical insurance to try to cover the cost of the things she requires for her illness, including the dialysis. As her medical bills escalated, I’ve gone into my savings until I’ve gone broke. My father has gone into his until he has gone broke: and he’s working 16 hour days, six days a week. And remember my mom has health care. This is what health care in this country looks like even when you have health care! It’s not for lack of worth ethic.

We’re drowning. We have nothing left to give, and the medical expenses keep on piling on.

Right now my mom is on the brutal three-times-per-week dialysis, which when combined with the other illnesses my mom already has, essentially leaves her a walking, depressed, barely-functioning zombie when she comes off. She basically is dead to the world every day, and it’s killing her. Gone is her smile and that fortitude of will that has anchored this family.

She was told she was the “perfect candidate” for dialysis @ home, which is a much gentler type of dialysis that allows her family to train with nurses to be able to perform 2-3 hour sessions of dialysis 5 times per week, in the comfort of your own home. This would allow her to dramatically lessen her fatigue, allow her to function somewhat in the last days of her life and basically have some quality of life. It’s all she wants, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.”

NeoGAF posters have chipped in and helped raise over $4500 at the time of posting, 30% of the goal which includes a $1000 donation from NeoGAF owner, Tyler Malka.

Check out the thread on NeoGAF here to see Amir0x’s full post and here for the page he set up for donations so please give if you can. Any little helps and even if you can’t give it always helps to spread the word (partly why I’m doing this post).

While not really related to video games I felt this was a noteworthy thing to post as it shows the good in the gamer community and will hopefully raise some awareness and help out Amir0x and his family.