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I am trying to raise money for my trip to Japan, to live my dream

My name is Brandon Calbart, I’m a high school student, When I was fourteen years old my I woke up to find my father deceased in his bed. He was the parent that always took care of me, supported me and nurtured me like most parents always do although he was very ill due to diabetes, obesity and kidney failure he always gave his all and tried as hard as he could to support me and my younger brother, he did the job of two parents because my mother was never there to offer the emotional, mental or moral support that a child needs to succeed in daily life.
When he passed away it created a gap in my heart, one that can never be replaced. The day of his death I thought that somehow a miraculous miracle would occur and I would be placed with my mom who was homeless and using drugs at the time, but this did not happen like I had prayed. We were removed from the household and placed with my aunt and uncle whom have two kids and were brave enough to tackle the challenge of supporting and becoming parents to two more children.
When I had the chance to live with my mother like I had dreamed for so long, I was disappointed again because she was still using illegal substances and neglected me. Once again I was withdrawn from my mothers custody and placed with my aunt and uncle. When I look back at my life now, being 16 years old, I realized all of the missed opportunities and broken dreams that I have endured and how these things have made me stronger but yet hungry for adventure, desperate for the chance to live my dreams.
Ever since I was a child I have always had an interest in far east Asia, specifically, the land of the rising sun: Japan. The depth within the culture of the country has always engrossed me. One of my lifelong dreams has been to travel to this intriguing place that I have only visualized in my wildest dreams. I’ve always told my self “I will get there someday, Somehow”. My dreams are becoming a reality.
I have been presented with the opportunity to descry Japan this March however, the trip is $3,311, Which is now $1,900 The amount of this trip is too expensive for me to pay for on my own but it is something that I desire with a passion, I would greatly appreciate anything that you could do help me get to Japan, To live my dream.
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