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36 Year Old ESRD Disabled Man Seeks Funding For Airsoft Business

by Jason C. French
(Chattanooga, TN, USA)

I am Jason C. French of Chattanooga, Tennessee. I am a 36-year-old divorced male. My ex-wife and I never had any children and that was probably a blessing knowing how my health has changed over the years.

Growing up, I was always into art and most anything creative which eventually led me to get my Associates in Graphic Design. I'm proud of this accomplishment since I did it while having four-hour dialysis treatments three times a week.

My family brought me up in the Baptist Church and Boy Scouts, both of which gave me a firm foundation.

In the fall of 2000, I was diagnosed as having End Stage Renal Disease (E.S.R.D). As I have complete renal failure, I need three (3) dialysis treatments a week to filter my blood of impurities and excess fluid.

The only relief for this condition is a kidney transplant or a divine miracle. In 2005, I had a kidney transplant. I was in the hospital for approximately one and a half weeks when we decided to have it removed.

During the surgery, I developed an infection around the new kidney and the kidney never stared working. Since I was getting sicker, that decision was made. I still had to stay in the hospital another two weeks or so as my body was trying to get over the raging E-Coli infection.

Also, my body was having hallucinogenic reactions to the anti-rejection medicines needed for a transplant. I am able to have another transplant. However, I am allergic to the medicines needed for the transplant.

Along with the bad experience I had before, all of this makes me hesitant about another transplant.

I know that I do very well while on dialysis because I attend all of my treatments, take all of my medications, follow my medical diet and do all that my doctors tell me. By doing that, I stay pretty healthy, considering.

In November of 2009, the E-Coli Infection came back and I had to have a drainage tube placed inside my abdomen that protruded outside my skin to drain the infected fluid. This stayed in for about two weeks.

In January 2010, two months later. The E-Coli came back again and I had another drainage tube put in for about two weeks. This infection was discovered with a C-Scan. So far, the infection is gone, but I need regular C-Scans to monitor my situation.

As a result of my renal failure, I developed high blood pressure. Renal patients also have trouble regulating their blood pressure at a consistent level. This has aided in me developing Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy.

This condition causes loss of vision due to damage to the optic nerve due to low blood supply. I have been blessed that only part of my vision is damaged, as I am still able to see everything. I just cannot make out details as well as I used to. This has affected how I perform my design work.

Since my graduation in 2008, I have been looking for work as a Graphic Designer. I have had several promising interviews. However, my dialysis schedule always gets in the way as I can only work part time.

As I said before, I take pretty good care of myself therefore I can do most anything to care for myself. I drive myself. I live alone and cover most of my bills myself with occasional help from my parents.

I do receive Social Security Disability Income to just around $970 a month. This does allow me to cover my rent and most bills and my medications. I do have Medicare A and B which covers 70% of my healthcare costs and my medications with Part D coverage.

I did have Tennessee TennCare Medicaid until October of 2009. I was dropped due to a law being overturned that allowed TennCare to "thin the herd" so to speak. TennCare had covered the 20% Medicare co-pays for my healthcare costs.

Now, I receive bills for the 20% and it is adding up. As a dialysis patient, I am constantly being seen by my doctors and need regular C-Scans to look out for the E-Coli infection.

I realized that I need to do something to try and secure my financial situation. While I still want to be a Graphic Designer, I had an idea for a business that I know I can do regardless of my vision handicap.

Law Enforcement and Military Units have recognized Airsoft as a method for training. It is also extremely popular with average civilians. The sport uses air guns to fire 6mm plastic BBs at low velocities.

Being less expensive, safer, and more realistic, Airsoft has become more popular than Paintball. There are several outdoor Airsoft fields but none designated for indoor use.

As I drove past two empty commercial spaces in my neighborhood, I realized that would be a perfect spot for an indoor Airsoft arena. The indoor arena will be open six days a week and will provide a venue in all types of weather, when outdoor Airsoft fields are subject to sunny, fairly warm conditions.

There is a very large following worldwide including the Chattanooga area. The problem is that since most outdoor fields are only open on weekends, some people play around neighborhoods and sometimes on others property.

Due to the realism of the air guns used, using them in a public environment is dangerous and could be potentially fatal if confronted by property owners or law enforcement.

The indoor Airsoft arena gives everyone a safe, fun place to gather and play without worrying about bad weather of negative consequences. Additionally, required insurance dictates safely rules that maintain a healthy environment for the sport.

Since law enforcement tends to play Airsoft in their spare time as well, they are almost always present during Airsoft events, adding to the overall safety.

There will also be air gun rentals and full-face protection for birthday parties or anyone not equipped to play.

As the business grows, I would like to add items for sale to keep my customers "geared up" for Airsoft. I will bring on people with vast Airsoft experience to act as referees at events as well as experienced technicians to maintain Airsoft equipment.

I will manage the facility possibly with help from an assistant when I am not there. I will also be in charge of bookkeeping.

As to how much this business will take to get going, it's hard to say as I am still looking for property and equipment figures. I will need supplies for building barricade structures inside the arena, as well as tools to build them.

I will need 30-40 air guns for rentals as well as support parts, safety equipment and tools for product repairs. Initially, I will need help with commercial property.

I decided that I needed to put my financial future in my hands. That is why I need to start this business.

I am fully dedicated to being responsible for paying off a business loan but would greatly appreciate any assistance to lessen the financial burden of starting a business.

Any help with insurance information and business counseling would also be appreciated.

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Jul 21, 2015
Great location for a great idea!
by: Susan Ruggiero

You go! We also live in Chattanooga, and as a sales and marketing professional, I can tell you there is no better place than Chattanooga to do this! Our city is filled with growing businesses and open-minded, adventurous people who hunger for new ideas! I wish you much luck! If I can help you with any marketing ideas, I am happy to!

Jan 18, 2014
Very interested!
by: Jake Hildebrand

I'm from Birmingham Alabama and we have almost nothing like this! Airsoft is now almost on par with paintball as a sport! It is however in desperate need of support in and around my area. If anyone is interested in starting up anything like an indoor/outdoor combo I would put in the time and resources to make it happen.

Dec 02, 2012
Email me, I'd like to help with the business
by: Ryan Rhodes

Not sure how old this post is but you and I have the same idea. However I'm in Tuscaloosa Alabama. But email me at ryan.rhodes[at]live.com and we can maybe go into the business together.

Jul 23, 2012
Starting an airsoft business
by: Jewel Ciappio

Hello, my name is Jewel Ciappio, and I am sorry to hear about your health problems. I do however have experience in running an airsoft field. My husband and I own and operate ARC Airsoft in Hollister, California and I would love to help you out.


I can let you know what worked for us, and how to do things without a loan.

Apr 20, 2012
by: Anonymous

For your infection use Allicin. It killed the MARSA infection in my peritoneal cavity when I was on Peritoneal Dialysis.

For hospital bills look up the "charity care" policy of the hospital. Also look up your State Law on charity care.

Aug 11, 2011
Keep On
by: Charles Kenney

I am in a similar situation, with health problems and a great idea for a business. Unfortunately, I do not have the money and my medical expenses seem to grow exponentially. I wish you good fortune on your journey to overcome, and if I'm ever in a situation where I can help, I will. Keep the good faith in yourself and your ideas.

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