Help Sam Continue His HIV Treatment

Help Sam Continue His HIV Treatment

From Mirian Martinez

I am raising funds for a friend who was recently diagnosed with HIV. All funds will be used to cover his rent, utilities, groceries and other expenses while his body is fighting alongside treatment to reduce the virus.

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over 2 years ago

Hey everyone!! In just under 10 days of having this campaign open for Sam we have reached 10% of the goal!!! Please keep sharing so that we can help Sam go through this much needed treatment. Thank you to everyone that has made a donation already! God bless!

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Friendly, outgoing and hard-working are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Sam Lopez. 

Sam grew up in Hollister, California where he attended San Benito High School before he began working for The Davey Tree Expert Company in 2008. He has since worked for several other landscaping and tree companies in the Bay Area and in San Diego. 

Everything seemed to be going well for Sam until last year when his mother was involved in a fatal car accident. Despite the emotional rollercoaster, Sam moved back to San Diego where he started his own tree service business and was doing quite well for himself. Life seemed promising and with hard work and long hours, his company was thriving. 

In September of 2018, Sam began experiencing unusual fatigue and symptoms of what he thought was a cold that just would not go away. He finally decided to go see his doctor and on October 6th, 2018, just a few days shy of a year to his mother's passing, he was diagnosed with HIV. 

Sam has since started a treatment with a medication called Biktarvy, which does not cure HIV-1 but can greatly reduce the amount of virus in the body, therefore allowing people to lead almost a normal life. However, while this medication will help in the long run, it takes anywhere from 3-6 months for the body to adjust to it because of all the associated side effects. Sam has now moved to TJ with a few family members and gets his medication in San Diego. He moved to TJ in an effort to minimize his cost of living, since he has been experiencing many side effects that prevent him from working. Sam has lost over 25 pounds since he began his treatment and is experiencing severe nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and is in constant battle with keeping his spirits up. Not to mention fighting off several infections due to the current state of weakness in his immune system. 

His cost of living at this time, including rent, utilities, groceries, and additional medications for the infections is close to $600 per month. We ask that you help with a donation of any size to help cover his expenses for the next 6 months until he can return to work. 

Thank you and God Bless you!

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Mirian Martinez posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #1

Hey everyone!! In just under 10 days of having this campaign open for Sam we have reached 10% of the goal!!! Please keep sharing so that we can help Sam go through this much needed treatment. Thank you to everyone that has made a donation already! God bless!

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