This is my friend Sergio Quintero. Not too long ago, he was attacked outside of a punk show in LA. He did nothing to provoke the group of men who attacked him. He was targeted simply for being queer. We started a fundrazr account to try to raise enough money for his medical care, but we’ve got a really short amount of time to raise the money. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have nothing to give, please reblog and signal boost this post.
Doctors at the ER told him he needs surgery as soon as possible. However, Sergio does not have health insurance or $3000 required to pay for the procedure. The doctors say if he waits longer than a few weeks the damage to his jaw and mouth will be irreparable. Some of his teeth are loose already and he may lose one or more of them permanently if he does not receive treatment ASAP. The cutoff date is December 23rd.
"I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I though maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him.
As I had assumed, she was his wife. But I didn’t expect such an interesting story. They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone. People told him he was crazy, to which he replied “I am. Crazy in love”. On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either.
He proposed immediately and they were married for 55 years before her death 5 years ago. He still celebrates her birthday and their anniversary. He takes her picture with him everywhere and kisses her goodnight.
Some inspiring things he said;
"I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love"
"I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates"
"People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it."
"Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, have I told you that I love you lately?"
Be sure to talk to the elderly. Especially strangers. You may think that you will brighten their day, but you may be surprised that they can actually brighten yours.”