I'm raising money for basic needs so I can purchase a camera.

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Why I'm using HandUp for my basic needs.

Thanks to my donors and HandUp, I was able to fundraise for a laptop to use in my classes to further my education. Now that I have the laptop, I will be fundraising for a camera to help me in my Photo and Digital Media class at City College and pursue my love of photography. My goal is to ultimately follow my passion for photography as an occupation and not just a hobby. I'm disabled, and photography is something that I can do and enjoy.

About me.

I am originally from Fresno but grew up in Oakland. In the past, I started my own window cleaning business and I am passionate about becoming the best I can be. Anything that I do, I want to do it to the best of my ability

My backstory.

I have overcome a lot of challenges in life. After being injured I became disabled without medical insurance. I made the mistake of resorting to self-medication, which soon spiraled my life out of control. After hitting rock bottom I ended up in prison. While there I took advantage of drug programs, psychology programs and schooling. Now I am proud say I have been sober for over four years. I am currently homeless and seeking housing. Despite my challenges, I am fortunate enough to have the determination to pursue my passion of photography and make a career out of it. I am passionate about capturing the beauty I live in and sharing it with others.

My goals, moving forward.

My short term goal is get a high school diploma. The good news is I am almost there. I have always wanted to be a photographer but never had the opportunity to work toward this goal. HandUp has given me the opportunity to do so. It is something that has been in my heart since I was a young man. Photography captures a moment that can never be seen again; I love pictures of scenery and historical landmarks. I like to show and share beauties of nature man's creation with the world.

Other things I'd like to share about myself.

I am happy about being in control of my life. I feel like I have a new beginning and I am grabbing hold of it with my whole mind and body. I am thankful to be alive and want make a difference. Thank God people believe in second chances.

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