NOW ACCEPTING FUNDRAISING APPLICATIONS!
We will be taking fundraising applications until September 30, 2017 -- so make sure to apply (and follow the instructions on this graphic about emailing us at email@example.com using the subject line "8th Partnership Application"). But until we pick our next fulltime partner, we have decided to do a crash fundraiser with a local guy in Austin who needs our help in the interim. Elliott is looking to get top surgery on October 11, 2017 and has about $2000 left to fundraise. We want to try and make a dent in that goal -- so help us #SupportElliott for the next month!
#SUPPORTSPENCER WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
Letter from Spencer:
First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has bought FLAVNT gear or who has directly donated to me during my fundraiser. I would like to give a huge thank you to the twins for taking me on as their 7th partner and helping me become one step closer to a surgery I have wanted for a long time. My fundraiser was a huge success and my top surgery is fully paid for! This wouldn't have been achievable without Courtney, Chris, and all of you who have helped me along the way.
Sadly, my top surgery is postponed and the time is yet to be determined. Around March/April I went to the doctor for routine blood work. Based on those results my doctor suggested I go to a specialist who then suggested I get more extensive testing/imaging. Based on my past medical history and the discrepancies of my results, my specialist was suspicious of cancer. This put me in a huge dilemma. With a cancer diagnosis I would not be eligible for top surgery by my current surgeon (or most surgeons in the US) until I was at least one year in remission. However, if I did not get the requested tests/imaging I would be increasing the chances of the possible cancer growing/spreading to a point where it is no longer treatable. After hearing all of the possible outcomes I had decided to decline the imaging/testing and treat the problem symptomatically. The only hold up when it came to my blood work is that my clotting time was too high for surgery. In April it was hovering around 2 minutes (normal clotting time is roughly 25-30 seconds) and now it is closer to 1 minute. As soon as my clotting time gets within the 30 seconds range I will immediately be able to receive top surgery and after the surgery/healing is complete the doctors will get the permission to run whatever test they need to find the underlying problem. Until then it will be (and has been) a massive waiting game. Six months has already passed and though I am closer to the magic number than I was before, I am still risking the potential growth/spreading of the suspected cancer. If my numbers don’t get into the required range soon, I will run out of time and the doctors will insist on treating the suspected cancer and forgoing my top surgery, meaning I could possibly be without top surgery for years. So I’m just hoping that my body will cooperate and I can get surgery as soon as my levels qualify me.
As you can imagine, I have been having a very hard time digesting this information. It has been a struggle to stay positive but I have been surrounded by amazing friends and family who have helped me through this difficult decision. Thank you everyone who has supported me thus far. As soon as I know any information I will be sure to let all of you know. Follow me on social media or keep an eye out on the FLAVNT page for more updates! I am truly grateful to every one of you.
Thank you for making me one step closer to becoming a more comfortable and confident Spencer. I send you all my love and thank you for your understanding.
OUR SIXTH (AND MOST RECENT) PARTNERSHIP:
#SUPPORTCHRIS is over! In 4 months, we raised $2,744 through your purchases at FLAVNT (FLAVNT helped Chris save for over 2 years before his fundraiser, but these donations were 100% designated to Chris). Chris received his top surgery on January 4th and he's healing wonderfully! Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign with Chris, we can't wait to get on to the next one!
After finishing our latest fundraiser, we have helped 6 individuals raise money and successfully fund their gender-confirming surgeries. Totaling in $14,244 raised in the last 2 years for those 6 people. Chris (who is half of the 2-person FLAVNT team), helped 5 other people raise money and get surgery before we decided it was his turn. If you don't know who Chris is, he can be found on instagram, tumblr, and youtube under the username @seethestarsablaze -- he regularly gives out advice and makes youtube videos documenting his transition and to aid the trans community. Chris is a 24 and a graphic designer who runs not only FLAVNT but also our sister brand Let Live Apparel.
Chris had Double Incision top surgery with Dr. Raphael in Plano, TX on January 4th, 2017 after meeting his $6000 fundraising goal.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our brand and of two young queer entrepreneurs. Let's make our seventh partnership the best one yet!
OUR FIFTH PARTNERSHIP
From March 1 until July 9, 2016 we were partnered with our fifth fundraising partner, Jett! Jett was among 46 outstanding applicants this go around and stood out to us because of his charisma, optimistic personality, and activity within the community through social media. Jett has supported FLAVNT and our previous partnership with Aiden. Due to a lack of funds, he was unable to get top surgery last year on his scheduled surgery date and therefore lost his deposit and surgery was pushed off even further. In the 4 months we were partnered together, we helped Jett (through your support) raise a whopping $2,250! Jett's top surgery is scheduled for July 12, 2016. He can be found on instagram @littleprince_cafc, tumblr @theprinceofallprinces and on his youtube channel!
OUR FOURTH PARTNERSHIP
After finishing up our most recent partnership with Tyler, we were contacted by Aiden who applied to work with us when we started our partnership with Caden last February. Aiden was supposed to be getting top surgery in August of 2016, but due to being accepted to a very prestigious year long mission trip program, he is having to move his surgery date up to February of this year. We succesfully raised $845 for Aiden in 5 weeks through the help and support of the community!
We agreed to work with him in a sort of "crash fundraiser" to help aid him and try and raise as much money for him as possible in about 30 days. We knew that raising the full amount for his top surgery would not be possible but we aimed to raise as much as possible to offset the remainder of his surgery costs that Aiden is covering through Care Credit. Aiden has been involved in the community since his days back at Texas State University (which also happens to be our Alma Mater, Eat 'em Up Cats!) where he founded the Transcend program and he is also involved with the documentary series I am the T as a videographer and editor. He is also very active in the church and in missionary work and is a great resource for members in the LGBTQ community in regards to faith while being queer. You can find Aiden on tumblr and instagram under the username "aidnate". He received his top surgery with Dr. Raphael in February of 2016!
OUR THIRD PARTNERSHIP
Our third partner, Tyler, received his phalloplasty on December 9, 2015. He can be found on instagram and tumblr under the username @tyince and on youtube @tylerjvine. Tyler had surgery with Dr. Chen in California. In 3.5 months we helped to raise $1600 for Tyler through our fundraising partnership.
OUR SECOND PARTNERSHIP
FLAVNT Streetwear was partnered up with a young trans guy named Caden who lives in San Francisco from February-July 2016. Caden was picked out of 30+ applicants because of his awesome personality, general positivity, and hard work ethic. He runs a small tennis shop for his parents so that they can parent his younger sister and watch her grow up, he also teaches tennis lessons in his spare time. Caden had his top surgery in August 2015 and reached his $5,000 goal at the beginning of July (a little over $1,600 with FLAVNT!)
Our previous partner, Caden. Check him out on tumblr and instagram @nowwearefreeforever.