Stacy Layne Matthews, a contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3, announced yesterday via Facebook that she has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for weight loss surgery. The campaign, which has been titled ‘My Journey to a Healthier Life’, has a funding goal of $2,000 and she’s said that she’s planning to have the surgery by the end of the year.
The GoFundMe campaign’s description reads:
[quote]The struggle to be comfortable in my own skin again has become my greatest priority in the year 2014. On a journey to a healthier and long-lasting life, and your support would be greatly appreciated. Weight loss surgery has become my goal. show your support and take this journey with me.”[/quote]
If you’re wondering about the actual costs of weight loss surgery, according to Weight Loss Surgery, it can cost anywhere from $18,500 up to $23,000 and includes up to two days in the hospital. These costs, however, may be covered in full or part by medical insurance. Additionally, it is recommended that weight loss patients go on a strict diet following the surgery. Diet programs, such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars a month to a few thousand!
During her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Stacy was known as a ‘big girl’, and, although she didn’t win the crown of ‘America’s Next Drag Superstar’, she won the hearts of many viewers. On Drag Race, her portrayal as Mo’Nique, from her role as the mother in the 2009 award-winning movie ‘Precious’, was her shining moment and highlighted her acting skills.
Although her fans have gotten used to her as being a ‘big girl’, this journey and life-changing decision is being well-received.