By creator to www.statesman.com
| Austin American-Statesman
“I bear in mind the purpose the place all of it type of hit the fan,” Aaron Kemkaran says. The 36-year-old Georgetown resident is recalling the final week in February and first week in March, when issues concerning the coronavirus abruptly precipitated a lot of his household’s livelihood to vanish.
Kemkaran owns an organization known as Studio 7 Music that does audio and video manufacturing, and he additionally performs with numerous space acts as an accompanying musician. Stay gigs and studio work vanished “actually in a single day,” he stated. “I had 23 gigs throughout 9 totally different bands that have been purported to feed us that have been canceled proper then.”
Earlier than COVID-19 arrived, issues had been wanting up for Kemkaran and his household. Kemkaran and his spouse, Mayra Reyes, share a Georgetown residence with their 8-year-old daughter, Kirstan, and Mayra’s mother and father, Pedro and Alberta Reyes, each of their 60s.
“We have been beginning to see some pickup, by way of recording enterprise being booked,” Kemkaran says. “We went from, ‘Nicely, we are able to see some clear skies forward,’ to, ‘Whoa, what’s anybody going to do now?’”
Including to the household’s stress degree have been numerous well being points. Kirstan acquired extreme burns in a family accident within the spring that required therapy at Dell Kids’s Medical Middle of Central Texas. “She couldn’t stroll appropriately for a few month,” Kemkaran remembers, noting that the pandemic difficult her mother and father’ efforts to go to her within the hospital. “It was not a very good time to have a medical emergency, however she’s a resilient child,” he provides.
In the meantime, each of Mayra’s mother and father have kidney points. Pedro not too long ago had a kidney transplant; Alberta is presently in stage four kidney failure, with both dialysis or a transplant probably on the horizon quickly.
Kemkaran and Mayra Reyes, who each grew up in Georgetown, met greater than a decade in the past after they began companies in the identical constructing. They’ve been married for 9 years. She helps Kemkaran along with his Studio 7 tasks, dealing with particulars starting from advertising and marketing plans to make-up and design for video shoots. “She has an actual aptitude for that; everybody loves the work she does,” he says.
The Kemkarans have at occasions rented their very own facility for his or her studio work, however extra not too long ago they’ve been figuring out of Georgetown nonprofit station KGTN in a co-op association. “Above all, we would like the flexibility to work once more,” he says
The Kemkaran household’s needs:
Gear to assist construct out the studio after Aaron needed to promote gear to pay payments; assist advertising and marketing the studio; therapeutic massage desk, sheets, therapeutic massage merchandise and advertising and marketing to relaunch Mayra’s therapeutic massage remedy enterprise; house enhancements together with a toilet rework, new kitchen cupboards, roof restore/alternative, bed room flooring, sliding glass door alternative, display/sunroom, exterior paint and new exterior supplies and room addition for Kirstan; fridge; water softener; new or gently used SUV or truck; repairs to present older autos; kidney transplant analysis and testing for Alberta; property sale providers; house organizing and merchandise removing; landscaping; listening to aids; eyeglasses; braces; enrichment courses for Kirstan; basketball purpose; bikes for the household and helmets; bookstore reward card; Nintendo Change; playscape; yard storage shed; reward playing cards to H-E-B; household journey to Disney World
Want checklist out there at Amazon.
Nominated by: Well being Alliance for Austin Musicians, 3010 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite 200, Austin, TX 78704. 512-541-4226, myhaam.org
Its mission: HAAM supplies entry to inexpensive well being take care of Austin’s low-income working musicians, with a deal with prevention and wellness.
Extra: Donate to Season for Caring
Extra: About Season for Caring
— to www.statesman.com