An old friend is trying to raise some money on gofundme for a needed eye surgery, his 8th surgery in 5 years attempting to regain sight in his right eye.
In 2007 while at a party a fight broke out. A bottle was thrown and it missed the intended target and hit Derek in the right side of his face, shattering on impact. The glass shards caused lacerations to his orbital globe in 3 places, leaving him blind in that eye.
He has been through 7 surgeries so far; lens, retina (twice), cataract, laser(twice) and cornea transplant. The next scheduled surgery is for his oculomotor nerve.
Throughout this entire ordeal his sense of humor and easy spirit have not faltered. Despite losing his job more than once due to the missed medical time, the high cost of the medical bills he has paid and the mental anguish of losing part of his sight and the repeated stress to his body, he is still smiling and making others smile.
If any of my followers can financially swing it, he could really use the donations.