[p]I don’t do this a lot, asking for donations from people. I don’t like doing it, and it makes me uncomfortable. But as the latest results point towards a slight decline in my hearing again and I become more aware of that other part of my disability, it is impossible to ignore the call from the only charity in the world that aims to stop the hearing loss that comes with Norrie, the rare genetic disorder I was born with. [/p][p]As many of you are aware, I am blind from birth, but that never stopped me for a minute from being the passionate young man I am now. In particular, the world of sounds around me has enabled me to do the things I do, and shaped me as a human being in ways never imaginable. No matter whether you know me as an adventurous traveler, a caring friend or an avid music lover, DJ and producer, you know that sounds are what I live and breathe for.[/p][p]It is that world of sounds that I had to stop taking for granted when I was 18. I learned that the rare genetic condition I was born with would not only cause blindness; it would also let my hearing slowly fade away, replacing it with loud constant screeching and ringing that would never stop. There are moments I lay in bed, and I wish silence was still an option. On other occasions, I curse at whatever genetic mistake turned down the volume of the high frequencies and made it so difficult to be social in loud environments. Doctors couldn’t tell me how fast I’d go deaf, just that roughly half of my hearing was already gone, and that the only thing I could do was learn to live with it. My condition was so rare that no research on it would be done, after all.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Now, this may be about to change. Several families who are faced with the same problem have united in the UK-based Norrie Disease Foundation. They are the first and only organization in the world that have managed to push forward concrete research on my condition. Currently, they are partnering up with the London Great Ormond Street Hospital to make research possible which will lead to a gene therapy cure for Norrie-caused hearing loss. However, this means that they also have to collect part of the needed money for that, in this case £65,000 each year. This research is by far not only the last hope I have to save my own hearing, my passion for music and my way of life. Mostly, answering this call is the only thing I can do to help those who will come after me and save them from the struggles I am going through now.[/p][p] [/p][p]That is why I’m asking all of you who see this message for your much needed help. Every cent donated and every share of this campaign is appreciated from the depths of my heart and the hearts of everyone in our community. Thanks to you, we might still be able to hear the voices of our loved ones and enjoy the wonders of music in the future. Please make it happen. Please help us, and keep our worlds from fading to silence. ...[/p]
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I am a little late, but well done Anthony!! You are the evidence people can achieve anything if they have got a true passion and perseverance like you have. You made us all very proud!!
Sep 20, 2020
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Keep living, loving, streaming, laughing
Sep 8, 2020
Je te souhaite beaucoup de courage dans ton combat personnel et collectif. Merci de nous partager la musique qui illumine ta vie et qui nous unit tant tous ensemble.
Sep 5, 2020
Thank you for your incredible music on Twitch. I look forward to your streams every Tuesday to get me uplifted for the rest of the week.
Aka Richard Chang
Sep 5, 2020
Sep 5, 2020
The very little I can do. Thank you so much for providing some respite from the stresses of 2020 and creating a safe love-filled haven on Twitch. We owe you so much. This is an attempt to give a little back. I wish I could do more. Again: Thank you.
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Aug 22, 2020
my life is mostly black but on the light of trance i see that too music has a purpose we can all share and i live with blindness little sight am luck that way but i still see a world on both sides. Much love ty for you and trance,