"I was talking with Frederick last summer about him giving me more time, and I offered him the opportunity of moving from Atlantic City into his own apartment in New York City," Parnes recalled. "He jumped at that idea and said, yeah, if I'd be able to arrange that he'd be able to come work for me full time."
Parnes pays the $1,300 rent for Brennan's apartment each month. His other job with a company in Canada helps him cover other expenses.
"They pay me $1,030 per month, $30 of which is PayPal fees and 15 percent of which goes to taxes," said Brennan.
After taxes, he has about $800 a month to cover his other expenses. He's trying to save up any extra income in order to buy an electric wheelchair. The one he's using sometimes stops abruptly, so getting around without one is one of his biggest challenges.
Running errands, for example stopping by a medical supply store to get his wheelchair fixed, can be a big production. Just leaving his apartment poses serious risks, given his bone condition.
"The super of this building did something very annoying. He put a weight on this door… so this door is now heavier than ever before," Brennan said. "Like I swear they try to make it harder for me sometimes."