You’ve never seen me post anything like this, so it isn’t like I’m pushing a cause every five minutes. However, I caught the story of Ed Port on a show on CNN tonight and it got to me. I felt like I needed to speak up about it and do what I could. I don’t know if this blog or my words carry any weight, but for what it’s worth, I think this is an extremely worthwhile cause for a few reasons.
Watch the video(s), and if you feel so inclined… donate. Even one dollar gets him a dollar closer to being able to afford the surgery. If you don’t have any spare cash to donate, drop him a line of encouragement. There’s a contact section on the website that provides Ed’s email address.
Ed’s insurance companies refused to cover his facial reconstruction surgery, calling it “purely cosmetic.” This lit a fire under me to help this guy. Granted, his attitude and courage were bigger motivators for me helping out and donating. However, I’d be lying if I said the insurance company aspect itself wouldn’t have moved me to donate simply out of spite for large corporations who routinely pull stuff like this. As if things like this couldn’t be taken on a case-by-case basis. As if a human with correctly working vision couldn’t differentiate between Ed Port’s neurofibromatosis-2 and someone looking to get a brow lift, botox injections, or a nose job.
Ed’s been refused jobs simply based on his appearance. If a company did that based on someone’s race, gender, or sexual preference, they’d be fined or shut down without hesitation. Yet this type of disability- and deformity-based prejudice continues to thrive. Unfortunately, I’ve watched some of it first hand in my lifetime. This is 2009. You’d think we’d be better than this by now as a species. Perhaps I expect too much.
Well, there you have it. I said my piece. The ball is in your court.