Story By Ken Krayeske • 11:30 AM EST
A man named Brian has a good life – a wife, a newborn baby – then he learns he has brain cancer. The treatments exhaust his health insurance, leaving him without coverage for the recovery.
His friends band together and raise money so he can receive the appropriate care.
This happens across the United States every day. Is this a smaller part of the social movement towards a national healthcare/Medicare for All government run health insurance? Or is this just a fundraiser?
It is real. "Benefit for Brian" will be an all-day concert in Simsbury on Sunday, May 2, 2010 to help defray the medical expenses associated with Brian's battle with brain cancer.
I don't know who Brian is, but the flyer I found advertising the fundraiser said: "Brian was diagnosed with brain cancer after undergoing two surgeries to remove a large tumor from his brain, and he is going to require a long and expensive recovery."
Local rock musicians like Flipper Dave, Shortness, the Dr. Juice Trio and Matt Zeiner will perform at the Old Well, a restaurant at 20 Tariffville Road in Simsbury from 2 to 10 p.m. There will be food and a raffle to help raise money.
If the community rallying around Brian isn’t heartwarming enough, the picture of Brian holding his newborn infant on the flyer will grab your heart and make you want to go. But I found this flyer interesting from a social movement perspective.
Is the "Benefit for Brian," and the dozens of other similar fundraisers held across the country every day to help fellow citizens pay for outrageous medical costs an indication of a nascent parallel polis, the signature steps in a social movement that will eventually overcome the dominant health care structure?
A social movement begins with contemporaneous personal and collective identification with the consequences of the control exercised by the elite, and that this is a wrong being perpetrated on undeserving people, according to author Edward L. Rubin in "Passing Through the Door: Social Movement Literature and Legal Scholarship," as published in 150 University of Pennsylvania Law Review, page 1.