Respond for Randal

$9,665raised of $42,000 goal
23%

Organizer: Dwan Miller Beneficiary: Randal Miller

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As an evangelist Randal has enjoyed ministering in local churches all across this God-blessed country of ours.  On October 30th, 2009 his ministry and his life changed forever.  Per my request, he stopped by the local hospital to get a pill for his discomfort.  Four attempts later his BP finally registered… 290/190.  Needless to say, he remained in the hospital. 

Two weeks later (a week of which in ICU), he was released.  A port had been placed in his chest and because of kidney failure, he had become a dialysis patient.  Seven surgeries, six peritonitis infections and a host of other kidney related complications later, Randal still believes, “Life is great!”

Randal refers to me as a real life “Princess”.  He states, “she is the one that makes the pain, the operations, the needles and countless doctor visits bearable.  My Lord Jesus makes it rewarding.”

As you might imagine the financial demands are many.  That is why Randal needs your help.  Health experts tell us it will be a post transplant recovery period between three and four months.  He will not be able to resume ministry during this period of time.  Gifts of any size are welcome.  Know that all you give is needed and will be stewarded well. 

“I need your help”.  Thank you and continue to remember… HE Must Increase!”

Randal

John 3:30

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03/16/2014
by Dwan Miller
Update #12                     

                                14 days left ...  Participate in "Respond to Randal"
                                                           
Man, have I been "jones-ing"... I need my Facebook Friend Fix !!!
How is everybody?  It has been a long break in communications with you all.  Not to worry, there were no health issues I'm going to share with you.  It has been 144 days post transplant. 

First of all... my Cowboys must be planning on playing 8A level football... they are getting rid of their team.  Owners and managers make NO rational sense... much of the time.

Dwan, my Princess, is "simply marvelous".  We are constructing a strategic comeback... circumstances have a way of making us bitter or better.  Anything that conflicts with Success, we both say, "Bring it".  Got to go... here is Dwan...

Hi FB, there are 14 days left for fundraiser Respond for Randal.  With the help of many, we have been able to accumalate about 25% of what is needed to off-set Randal's medical related expenses.  Please consider making a gift-donation www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/respond-for-randal/84003

Thank you for your support and for your LOVE!  Don't forget it really helps when you resend to your friends on FB.  Thank You!!!  Dwan



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01/27/2014
by Dwan Miller
                                   90 day POST-TRANSPLANT ANNIVERSARY
                                                       2nd Chance at Life


Hello everyone!

January 25th marked the (3) three month window since Randal's kidney transplant, compliments of our former pastor Todd Lamphere.  I am happy to share both guys are doing GREAT!

By now, over the last week, many of you may have either seen Randal on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel, tonight as a featured guest on TV 45's "The Good Life" (multiple airings will be broadcast this week through SuperBowl Sunday, but not during the game because I couldn't afford the advertising cost...:-), or you may have even seen him on Saturday's FOX 35's Live interview on Good Day Orlando.  You might now be wondering, how is he really doing?

From a spiritual perspective, he is soaring, thanks to his faithful donor and friend.  Randal's ministry that Jesus must INCREASE has evolved into a ministry of the "2nd Chance at LIFE"...

From a medical perspective, Randal received a great report this week...he is down to 10 meds, twice a day from the original 13 he took home with him when he was released from the hospital.  He is also down to 1 visit to the transplant center every 3 months, and has been cleared to see his personal nephrologist (kind of like anyone else's general practictioner) once a month.

From a physical perspective, there are way more good days than challenging ones, and Randal is returning to his gym workouts to rebuild his strength from which the kidney disease sapped...his skin and his eyes have never looked better...looking more and more like the "Prince of Abraham" I met just shy of a decade ago...

From a financial perspective, although with the support of many of you readers, family and friends, we have been fortunate to raise a 3rd of the funds needed to help support the medical needs that will be an ongoing part of Randal's "recovery", but we still have a ways to go...

Randal, the  Evangelist, is just now getting back into the pulpit.  His first preaching engagement in 4 1/2 years was yesterday (Jan.26th) for Pastor Todd Lamphere.

As we celebrate his return to ministry, please share the fundraising link with all you know... Barbara Beck on TV 45's "The Good Life" shared during the interview that she also had an opportunity to donate a kidney to someone she loved...so you never know who is listening or watching...

Blessings On You All and much LOVE,

Dwan









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01/16/2014
by Dwan Miller
                                                 Give Your All To This New Year

Hello Everyone... I've missed you all.  I don't know about you, but I'm still finishing up with 2013!  Not really, though at times it seems that way.

On Wednesday of this week the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper interviewed Todd Lamphere, my donor and me at Cranes Roost Lake in Orlando, FL.  I just received a call about an hour ago that they intend to run the story in tomorrow's (Friday 1-17-14) edition... front page!  I never imagined my story would be of such interest to so many.

I will try and post the article on FB... I admit I'm not too savy at this social media, but I'm learning.  This isn't about getting a big-head or being in the limelight... it is about lifting Him up and giving praise to Him for giving me the gift of life and a second chance to complete His will for my life.

Remember, "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for".  Launch your dreams in 2014... I wish you all the best! 

Much love to all and again I ask that you consider sharing this post with your FB friends and "Thank You" for your financial gifts to Respond For Randal.  Much love to you all.
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12/27/2013
by Dwan Miller
                                                             On The Road Again...

Hello to Everyone and Merry Christmas!  I am asking that everyone reading this post to commit to doing this on the eve of the special celebration.  Open your Bible and read Luke 2:1-20... God's accounting of the birth of Jesus Christ His son.  Luke 2:11 sums up the purpose for Christ's birth... "For the grace (unmerited favor of God towards man) of God that brings salvation, has appeared to all men"

Kidney seems to be doing fine.  It is an ongoing process to tweak everything together.  Continue your prayers for me and my Princess Dwan!  We will be taking our first post surgery trip to Ft. Pierce to see my wife's Mom & Dad... we always have a great mini-vacation there.

Thank you all for demonstrating your love for me... I love you all back!  Merry Christmas and I pray that many of you would meet the man Jesus in a personal, powerful way this Christmas season :) 
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12/25/2013
by Dwan Miller
                                   December 25, 2013 update: MERRY  CHRISTMAS!!!

Hello Everyone.  It is the day that we celebrate Christmas, and I trust all is well with you and your loved ones.  Tell the ones you love that you love them... verbally and in deed.

Many unconciously try to cram Christlike qualities into this Christmas season in an attempt to cancel out a year's worth of neglect and selfishness.  I trust today has been filled with the overflow of a life noted by serving and putting others first.

In Luke 2:1-20 the Bible gives an account of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  The Babe in a manger (Emmanuel... God with us), grew up to be Jesus hanging on the cross according to Romans 5:8...God demonstrating His love for us.

Note:  On our calendar Easter is roughly three months after we celebrate Christmas... Christ's birth.  But, in actuality, Easter (the Resurrection) occurred three days after His death on the cross) as stated in I Corinthians 15:3-7.  By all means, become familiar with the manger, the Birth and the true meaning of Christmas.  However, I challenge ALL to become even more familiar with how this scenerio concluded.  Jesus is a world Savior, I invite you to trust Him as your personal Savior.

Be blessed and from Dwan and myself... MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Please reshare this post and "Thank You" for you kind and thoughtful donations to Repond For Randal.

We LOVE you all,
Randal & Dwan
(the "2" month kidney transplant recipient and his wife, officially as of today)
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12/09/2013
by Dwan Miller
                                                          Free At Last! - Free At Last! 

Praise Jesus... this morning at 5:30 am my abdominal catheter was removed and with it the final reminder of four years of dialysis.  Soreness can not overtake the reality that my new kidney has made normalcy the "new" regiment for me personally.

I covet your continual prayers.  This update will be extremely brief because the pain is increasing as I compose this Pulitzer Prize winning update. (ha, ha, ha)  Pray tonight (Monday Night Football)
for the Dallas Cowboys (here is a shout out to my Jr. High shop friend Roy S., "How 'Bout Them Boys?"

Dwan, my Princess is doing well... she is as encouraging as she is beautiful.  Know that I love you all and I thank you for your support.  The Christmas Season is upon us... the Christmas Reason is among us (read John 3:1-16). 

Blessings, Randal
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12/03/2013
by Dwan Miller
                                                       Very Important Day Ahead!!!  

Today will be a 10-15 minute procedure performed on an out-patient basis.  It is the removal of a stent connected to my bladder during my kidney surgery. With nearly 10 surgeries in a little more than four years, I suppose I have become somewhat of a minor expert on surgery. However, this little procedure has awakened me and kept me up during the night.  People of prayer... please pray for my peace of mind.  Thank You.

My energy level is slowly getting stronger.  Still not lifting anything more than a gallon of water.  Not back in the gym... another two months then I will start with light workouts.  Many times after showering and shaving I am flat wore out.  I press on knowing that I can do all things through Him. 

I want to give a huge shout out to my girl... my Princess Dwan.  She is one sharp, intelligent, gifted, organized, strategic, kind, graceful, well spoken lady.  and I love her very much!

Please, I ask you all to take time and read the new update.  It will be update #6 and then reshare it with your friends of influence on FB and Twitter.  I will be back with a brief update in about a week... there will be some real good news!  Thank you for supporting Respond for Randal.  Know that I love you all and appreciate all of your heartfelt comments and support.  Be blessed everybody.

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11/25/2013
by Dwan Miller

Happy  1 Month  Anniversary  To  Me  And  My KIDNEY !!!

 

Hello Everybody…

What a Glorious day it is.  I began the day with a two-mile walk around Cranes’ Roost Lake here in Altamonte Springs.  The temp was mid 60’s and overcast… a beautiful, beautiful day.  Dwan is doing just great and sends her love to all J.

My stamina and strength is increasing slowly day-by-day.  I have one medical procedure on Dec. 3rd and another surgery in the next two weeks… keep me in your thoughts and prayers.  I trust these will be the last for many, many, many years to come.

I hope that everyone has a Happy Family Thanksgiving in your plans!  It isn’t about super-Tuesday or black-Friday… it is all about Thankful-Thursday.  Be sure to give the one true God thanks personally and as a family for the previous 365 days of blessings and provision.

Did you notice the picture with Todd (my donor) and me?  This is the first time we got together to walk outside of the hospital halls. Todd is about 90% recovered at this time.   Many of you are aware that Todd Lamphere is my donor.  He also is my former pastor and currently pastors The Venue.   We have been great friends for years.  Todd didn’t do this to garner attention… it was simply the overflow of his life of love. 

This is how Todd describes it: “It benefits both the recipient and donor.  The recipient has received another chance at life.  The donor’s benefit is in knowing that he has given life.  I get to see my kidney every time I see Randal… so it is a win-win situation.  Hopefully it will inspire others to give the gift of life… it truly is the gift that keeps on giving.” 

Please make an effort to re-share this post with your FB and social media friends and Thank You for your gifts of LOVE… remember… I need your help… I can not do this alone.   I love you all…  Ain’t it grand to be alive?!


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11/16/2013
by Dwan Miller
THREE WEEK ANNIVERSARY OF MY KIDNEY TRANSPLANT!!!

Great news comes in small doses...  Hello FB friends, what a great day it is here in Orlando, FL.  The outside temp is 75 with a gentle breeze and I will be out to enjoy it as soon as I update everyone.  I have some good news to share with you.

First of all I had my staples taken out day before yesterday (Wednesday) and it didn't hurt at all :).  Second, the Doc changed my M-W-F weekly visits to once per week on Wednesday due to my recovery progress... I really like this... two less needles a week.
Last of all, I am starting to not be overwhelmed by the many medications I ingest twice a day.  However, I am not complaining.. if needed I would take even more if it was needed to aid and help my new kindney function.

The is still one more kidney realted surgery and out-patient procedure in the next 3 weeks.  Thank you for your prayers, you would think after eight surgeries and a host of other procedures I would be used to this.  I confess... I don't like it at all.  I simply say to my Father, "not my will but Yours be done".

Well, that is enough for now...Love to you all and know that I appreciate all of your prayers for my successful recovery.  And I would like to "Thank" my dear, sweet Princess... my wife Dwan for all that she had done for me especially during this four year journey.  Please be mindful to reshare this post with your FB and social media friends and "Thank You" for your gifts... God bless you all for showing your love.  HE Must Increase! John 3:30 
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11/07/2013
by Dwan Miller
Hello Everyone... this is Dwan.  14 Day Anniversary of The New Kidney.  Things have been going just great... Randal is recovering well and ALL THANKS go to Jesus the Rock of our faith.  Where do I begin...

The October 25th hospital visit was lengthened to an additional five days due to his right arm being abnormally swollen.  After I noticed it, testing was done and it was discovered that a blood clot was there.  Shots twice a day in the stomach and an ongoing regimen of coumidin have since stabalized Randal's health for his discharge this past Sunday evening (11/3)... What would have been a textbook procedure of 4-5 days, turned into a total of a 10 day stay.

Every other day he has to appear at the Transplant Center for follow-up blood samples and pharmacy changes.  His drug cocktail changes daily as he has to administer the drugs twice a day.  The gift kidney is working fantastically.  The every other day visits will continue for the next three months.  His stiches are still in but the drain tube was taken out yesterday.

Randal is very optimistic concerning the days ahead and returning to his calling and love... the evangelistic ministry and Increase Ministries (John 3:30).  He sends his love to all who have held his hands in prayer and financial support. 

Please continue to read our updates and recognize the need for his recovery goes on by passing this website on to your friends and family...We are eternally grateful.

Blessings,
Dwan
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10/21/2013
by Dwan Miller
106 hours until surgery!!!  Today was pre-op for Randal and his donor.  One last chance for us to do blood work and to meet and discuss the procedures on the morning of the 25th.  It was like "open mic" night at the comedy club.  Todd and Randal had the surgeon in stitches.  Attitude are at an all time high.  We have a great transplant team... the Dr. has over 600 kidney transplants to his record.

Enjoy the pictures... I will attempt to keep you informed step-by-step.  Many ask what can they do to specifically help?  Two things... 1) go to youcaring.com and give a gift of any size 2) re-share this update and the ones to follow with your FB friends and e-mail list.  Thank you... You are making a difference.  Randal loves to read your comments and it really encourages him.  I love you all...

Dwan
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10/19/2013
by Dwan Miller
Only seven days until the great event... Randal's kidney transplant on October 25th.  He can not express his thankfullness, appreciation, joy, etc.  Our donor is a dear friend and  former pastor.  His name is Todd Lamphere and he is an amazing man.  I can barely grasp that someone is willing to give a part of themselves so that someone else may have a second chance at life.  I John 3:18 comes to mind. 

I Thank You all for the way you have Rresponded for Randal... if it were possible, we would show our gratitude personally to each person.  We still have quite a ways to go to reach our targeted amount.  Please continue to share Respnd for Randal with you FB friends and/or your people of influence.  

From the depths of our heart we ask your continual prayers and support,  We love you all...  Dwan 
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