Thomas "TJ" Anderson of Annapolis would like to tell people about a fund he has started and the movement behind it called "Let's Fight Together," and he'll be sharing his story and information on that come Monday at 7 p.m. at the East Springfield Community Center during a rally service. The public is welcome to attend.
Doc Roe and Chelsea Matta will be singing at this, and Anderson will be explaining what led him to start the fund to help people in need and let them know they're not alone in what daily struggles they have, that God is with them as well as people who care.
Anderson is 33 and had a kidney transplant about five years ago, which his body rejected in January, putting him back on dialysis and back on the transplant list. He has been unable to work since having been diagnosed with IGA kidney disease in 2006. Before that, however, he was employed at Heritage Plastics in Carrollton.
Thomas “TJ” Anderson with a “Let’s Fight
"'Let's Fight Together" is a fund where 100 percent of the money goes "straight to the causes," and donations are tax-deductible, according to Anderson.
From his own dialysis experience, Anderson said he would think of the circle in the dialysis unit, the chairs in a circle and the patients "arm in arm." He thought of it as them fighting together, that it was a kind of prayer circle almost.
"If we pray together, we fight together," he noted in an e-mail communication.
"I started this fund for anybody that has a fight - from people sick with no families to kids that deal with daily struggles," he said. "Nobody fights alone. We pray together. We fight together."
Anderson said he generated interest in the "Let's Fight Together" idea through Facebook. Tiger eyes are the logo because with "God in us we give somebody the eye of the tiger to keep fighting no matter what their fight. They're never fighting alone."
His intent also is to collect blankets for patients in dialysis units or help people who may need groceries, for example, or a little help with school shoes, and visit and pray with residents of nursing homes, all the while getting across the message that hurting people in need are not alone.
He hopes that "Let's Fight Together" also can help youth, organizing dances, for instance, that also can incorporate speakers to address issues relevant to youth such as bullying and self- esteem, for example. "We will have people there in case any kids need to talk about anything they might be fighting inside themselves. We want to let them know no matter what situation they're in, God's in you, and you're never alone. You have a friend," he noted.
Anderson did his first service in May at Wintersville Community Chapel, the church he attends. "I talked about what this fund was about, what led me to starting the fund, my story about the transplant and how it was miracle that me and Sue Davis matched like we were blood," he noted.
The East Springfield Community Center hosted the first benefit recently for "Let's Fight Together" with a pancake breakfast, according to Anderson, who said T-shirts with the logo and tiger eyes are being sold to benefit the fund. So are wristbands for $2 each.
"I know if we do what God says, the money and people will be there so we have faith in that."
Anderson would like to share his message at other churches and venues. For information, contact Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.