Step back and tell us how the idea for Thread came about?
The earthquake in Haiti happened on Jan. 12, 2010. That was the catalyst for everything. I went down there to help, and on that first trip, I met a kid named Tassy who lived in a rough neighborhood. Long story short, he had a tumor on his face, and my objective became helping this kid get surgery. A bunch of friends and I raised money, got him to the States, and he had this crazy, major surgery.
Then it came time to take him back to Haiti. We get him down there, and were dropping him off in this rough neighborhood. I realized that unless we stuck with Tassy until he didn’t need us anymore, this was all just a self-congratulatory exercise. That begged the question: What did it mean for him not to need us anymore?