Valyn Calhoun posted a photo of himself, looking pale and weighing 95 pounds. "I put up a picture of my body," the 29-year-old wrote. "It may scare some, but this is something I see everyday."
Calhoun, a photographer who runs in Fort Lauderdale's music and art scenes, contracted HIV and hepatitis C, and after his insurance refused to pay for his care, he began soliciting donations on GiveForward.org
, a website that enables online fundraising and is geared toward people needing help with medical expenses. It's a lot like the better-known Kickstarter
, though Kickstarter's focus is on artistic projects.
According to GiveForward, the website has enabled more than $31 million in transactions. At presstime, Calhoun had raised just over $5,000 of his $20,000 goal.
Now that's he's had access to medication for a week and a half, Calhoun, who says he's "not shy about anything," agreed to an email interview about his disease and his experience.More »