In June of 2020 Aubin Cawthon, friend of the Rocket City Sisters and community leader with Good Works Harm Reduction Group, underwent surgery to help him live his life more comfortably as himself. Unfortunately his surgery wasn’t covered by his insurance as it wasn’t deemed “essential”. Like most insurances Aubin’s doesn’t recognize breast removal, augmentation, or reassignment surgery as essential surgeries. The entire cost of these surgeries must be paid by the person receiving them. After raising some twenty thousand dollars (and in most cases much more) individuals may overlook some items they might need for recovery, such as bandages, wedge pillows, or even just dinner each day of recovery. This was the case with Aubin. He posted that he needed a wedge pillow for his recovery, Sister Joan quickly replied that she had one at Grateful Life Community Church that he could have. When they met, Aubin and Joan discussed the added costs of these surgeries, and how hard it is for an individual to come up with an additional two hundred dollars to cover these needed items after raising so much money for their surgery in the first place. Joan discussed this issue with The Rocket City Sisters during their July meeting, in person meetings, and online. From this the idea grew for a program that would assist our transgender community in their pursuit of being themselves. Guard Trie worked with Joan to come up with the name, which pays homage to our dear friend Aubin, our inspiration.
At the moment the RCS are raising funds for this program, and finalizing the online application process. If you would like to be notified once the application is available please contact firstname.lastname@example.org