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£3,540raised of £3,500 target by 58 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,540 to to give Cairo his Top Surgery! XD

    London, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 31st March 2019

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    Story

    Cairo’s Top Surgery Fund.

    My Story

    Thank you so much for clicking on my page, If we haven’t meet before; My name is Cairo, I am a transman from London. I have been transitioning from Female to Male (FTM) for the last three years with that I have passed some big mile stones.

    (Picture on the left is from: 2015. picture on the right is from: 2018. Almost 2 years on Testosterone. )

    Some of you might have seen part of my journey on Channel 4- the Making Of Me. what a journey its been! This Has been a long time coming, and i have been working my hardest to organise and save and prepare for top surgery. I am hand on my heart, ready to take this next step.

    For the last 23 months I have been taking monthly Testosterone Injections, and I am noticing incredible changes within my body, voice and how I feel mentally and emotionally. I am more and more happy and content and in-line with who I really am and who I have always been.

    I am over the moon with the physical changes testosterone has done for me, the more my body is changing and becoming more masculine, as well as hairy and its making me more conscious of body, in particular my chest.

    I really wish I can get top surgery this year as it will be a big relief and free me of my chest dysphoria. Its something I have thought about for the last two and half years and this is the biggest quest of my life to raise these funds, but it something I need to do.any help would be greatly appreciated and make a huge difference for me. I have been documenting my journey this far on my blog: Becoming Cairo: www.becomingcairo.com please feel free to read.

    What is top surgery, you ask?

    FTM TOP SURGERY: is a gender affirming procedure for transgender men that creates a masculine chest. Top Surgery involves breast removal (Subcutaneous Mastectomy) The goal of chest surgery is to create a contoured, male-looking chest. and may also include free nipple grafts, or nipple/areola resizing and repositioning.

    WHY DO I NEED TOP SURGERY?

    1. I suffer from dysphoria/ anxiety over about my chest area. My chest can leave me feeling distressed, makes me feel uncomfortable in my own body.

    2. Its really awkward, when I go to the gym and can never shower there. which when I am going to work after it just takes twice as long because I have to come all the way home to shower first.

    3. I am living and working and socialising as a man, I never leave the house without flatting down my chest. I wear compression sports bras/ vest for over 12 hours + a day. (Which is the best solution I have right now, When you bind for that amount of hours it is painful, I often get neck and shoulder pain, even sharp pains in my sides/ribs.

    3. Whenever I shower, or whenever I put on or take off my sports bra/binder I am remind daily that I don’t have a completely flat chest. (and that I have breasts, which just makes me cringe even saying that because that’s how wrong they feel on my body.) I feel restricted, I just want to go swimming/ Or beach or be in a changing room and feel comfortable about that.

    4. It is the greatest gift, you could ever give me! I just want to be at ease and comfortable in my own skin & be free.

    WHY NOT GET IT ON THE NHS?

    There are a few reason why I am not going to get Top Surgery done on the NHS.

    1. Because I have been discharged from the NHS pathway, (due to a GP who wouldn’t cooperate with me and let their personal opinions get in the way, of their job.) After a year of being chased by the Gender Clinic my GP failed to complete my referral form, meaning they could never accept me as their patient without a completed referral. I got discharged after a year of being left in limbo.

    2. That is the only way to access the NHS pathway. Due to waiting times and being left in limbo, after about 6 months of getting nowhere, I decided to go private. Even though I couldn’t really afford it, it was the best choice I made. (I could appeal, but I would have to go back to square one after waiting a year! and due to the backlog of people and limited resources, I would still be looking a 2-3 years waiting list for top surgery.) Which is a very long time and is why I have turned to crowd funding...

    Top surgery has a 95% satisfaction rate; where people are genuinely happier afterwards, because it relives dysphoria. *

    WHERE WILL HAVE TOP SURGERY?

    After a two years of researching and much thought I have decided that I would like to travel to Cleverland Ohio, because Dr. Daniel Medalie is the surgeon I most trust and would like to perform my top surgery.

    This isn’t something I take lightly and it’s a one-time thing. This will last a life time, I want to know I am in good hands and with the right surgeon.

    Guess What? GOOD NEWS; ITS A MIRACLE!

    I am blessed beyond words!! Thanks to Point Of Pride: I have been sponsored by the surgeon I wanted and Dr. Medalie. I have been Awarded $2,500.

    You can read full story of there blog: https://pointofpride.org/additional-2018-annual-transgender-surgery-fund-recipient-congratulations-cairo/

    We were touched by Cairo’s application – like so many of our applicants, he has struggled financially to be able to afford medical transition, and has dealt with uninformed and un-affirming health care providers along the way. He shared that he does not pass consistently and how he has concerns about his safety when in male-only spaces. His desire to provide visibility for other mixed race and trans people of color, however, was especially compelling. Cairo is an active volunteer and visible advocate for our community. As an actor and spoken word artist, he is involved with a number of creative projects within the LGBT community, including mentoring teenage youth, working with a local charity that challenges transphobia, homophobia, and bullying in schools, and participating in a documentary about trans topics and issues - Point of Pride Board

    WHAT THE FUNDS COVER:

    All the funds will directly towards the cost of the surgery:

    * $7370 for the procedure: This includes all fees- anesthesia, facility, surgeon. Plus $65 consultation fee+ recommended Doctors Letter.

    **This Does Not Include The Cost of flights /Accommodation. me and my girlfriend have been saving for that**

    Original ORIGINAL TARGET: £5,650.

    However since I have been blessed with this award! and together with your kind donations:

    The Current Goal is: £900.

    It would be wonderful for Cairo to have his top surgery as this is the next step forward in his ongoing journey finding his true self. Cairo is so inspiring for the young trans community & everybody he meets in his daily life. He will always strive to be a great role model, be a positive force in the world and continue to make me (His mum) very proud to have been blessed with such an amazing son! – Mama Bella

    TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE:

    Due to the nature of the funding criteria: I have to have my surgery done within a certain time frame; If not my award will be awarded to someone else! Deadline: June 2019.

    So please keep Sharing! I love you all, I believe in miracles, spent most my life living on a wing and prayer. We are getting closer. We can do this!

    With All My Love,

    Cairo X

    My Links:

    Twitter: @Cairo_Leon & Instagram: Cairo_ Leon Youtube: Cairo Leon.

    Updates

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    • Cairo Nevitt5 months ago
      Cairo Nevitt

      Cairo Nevitt

      5 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Top Surgery Update: * First of all, to say that I have been in shock is a understatement. This week has been really full on, with the many different things I am juggling. But I thank my lucky starts, your kindness and support has brought me up to fundraising £3,050!!! THANK YOU. <3 I seriously sat down last night calculated all the funds I need. Since reviewing Everything, I miscalculated the exchange rates etc, I am at 87% making me just short of £450 to raise. But it aint over till its over! So LETS DO THIS!!! All my love, Cairo x

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    • Cairo Nevitt5 months ago
      Cairo Nevitt

      Cairo Nevitt

      5 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      What?! We have reached 75%!!!!! 🎉🎉❤️🙏🙌🙌🙏🙏🙏❤️ T H A N K Y O U ❤️ T H A N K Y O U #topsurgeryfundraiser #blessed

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    • Cairo Nevitt5 months ago
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      Cairo Nevitt

      5 months ago

      I know I have been quite this week, I am currently doing and intense fast-track PT course/ Working alot. Since The Making Of Me has aired, I have had overwhelming response, I had literally hundreds of lovely messages. I just want you all to know how thankful I am, for your kind words, generosity. Its The Final Count Down- 45 days + The Last £900! Can You Help Me Make This Page Fly?!!! ** Donations Start From £1. (cheaper than a cup of coffee!) _____ WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN! _ #Letsdothis #topsurgeryfundraiser #transisbeautiful #thankyou

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    Supporters

    58

    • Lauren Nichols

      Lauren Nichols

      Mar 1, 2019

      Donating to you my fave pal on behalf of my mumma Kerry Nichols 🎉

      £40.00

    • Richard Mathews

      Richard Mathews

      Feb 20, 2019

      Hope this comes in handy May all your endeavors bring you happinessGood luck Richard😍

      £450.00

    • Richard Mathews

      Richard Mathews

      Feb 19, 2019

      Hello Cairo May all your endeavors bring you happinessGood luck Richard

      £500.00

    • Sun Queen (@NikatheSunQueen)

      Sun Queen (@NikatheSunQueen)

      Feb 18, 2019

      Cairo, It's been years but I just wanted you to know that our friendship means the world to me. You saw me through a dark time in my life; happy to help you walk in your truth, in your light.Sun x

      £300.00

    • Hayley Kemm

      Hayley Kemm

      Feb 16, 2019

      With love from Hayley and Georgie and The Wild Hare

      £40.00

    • Ben Spiller

      Ben Spiller

      Feb 16, 2019

      You'll get there. Big love. X

      £50.00

    • Catherine

      Catherine

      Feb 16, 2019

      Hi Cairo,I watched Making of me on Channel 4 and saw the incredible process of your transition. I hope this contribution helps you reach your goal. I wish you all the best xx

      £30.00

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    Cairo Nevitt

    Cairo Nevitt

    London, United Kingdom

    I am Actor, Model, Blogger + Transgender activist! * C4- The Making Of Me. *I was the first ever openly transgender man in the UK be in a main stream fitness magazine. * Winner of the Trans Man Award at the South Bank Centre’s 2016 Being A Man Festival. * Stonewall Alumni

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