A doctor in Texas who has spent three decades caring for his own family has decided to give back to the community.
Dr. Jason Fagenson, a family physician at Baylor College of Medicine, announced Tuesday that he has launched an online campaign to help families in need of help with the cost of doctor appointments.
Fagenson is the founder of Family Doctor and Family Medical, a nonprofit medical network that has helped families afford the cost to treat a wide range of medical conditions in the Houston area.
Fagerson, who is also a physician, hopes to raise $20,000 for the Family Doctor Network through a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the cost.
“I think it’s a really good idea for people to donate money to help out,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people out there that can’t afford a medical visit and they need it.”
The campaign was created after Fagersen was diagnosed with colon cancer, and his mother, Dr. Julie Fagener, was forced to leave her job as a nurse practitioner after she began suffering from stomach pain.
The pain led to her taking time off from her job, and she needed an appointment to get her on her feet.
Faggenson has struggled to find a doctor willing to treat his mother with care.
He’s also been unsuccessful in finding a physician willing to see his mother for the first time since she was diagnosed.
Fagsenson is hopeful that with his online campaign, he will be able to get his family a doctor who can treat them.
“We need people to go out and look for this,” he told ABC News.
“I want people to get involved.
I want people who have an idea.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m hoping that people will step up and make a difference.”
In addition to the GoFundMes campaign, Fagens is also working on a podcast that will feature interviews with doctors in Texas, Louisiana and other states who are seeking care for their families, as well as an online petition to get more doctors to come to Texas for family care.