This is a picture of our family taken on a camping trip this summer before our lives changed forever. During that camping trip, Art became ill and his hands began to shake. After three months of trying to get into doctors for appointments and tests, he was finally diagnosed as having Stage 4 Liver Disease and given a year to live, unless he receives a transplant that could save his life.
Getting a liver transplant is a long and costly process. Just since he was diagnosed in November, Art has been in and out of the hospital several times with complications. Although we are insured, we still have to pay for our deductibles and copays, prescriptions for ten different medications he is on, and other mounting medical expenses not covered. The biggest expense by far will be when he receives the liver transplant and we have to relocate for several months to live near the hospital. Art is unable to work and I am caring for him right now, so we are both on a reduced salary. The thought of paying for additional living expenses in a new location, while still maintaining our home in Roseville, is quite daunting. We will also need to fly family members in and out to take turns either caring for Art, or caring for our children while Colene is away caring for Art.
Asking for help is so difficult to do, but we have finally realized we cannot do it alone. If you would like to donate any amount, and/or share the link with others who may want to donate, we really appreciate it with all our hearts. (If you do not wish to leave a tip for the fundraising company, just click on other amount, and put in $0.) We are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support we have already received as we try to get through this difficult time.