This little guy needs your help!

For: Bryce Vanderpool
Elk Grove, CA
Organizer: Mark Thomas
This little guy needs your help! (Bryce Vanderpool)
$6,275
of $75,000 goal
8% Complete
Raised by 62 donors

The Story

Meet Bryce David Vanderpool, born on July 18, 2017. 

Bryce was diagnosed with Critical Aortic Stenosis (aortic valve too small for proper function) when his mother was 24 weeks along in her pregnancy.  This diagnosis was confirmed at birth, and it was discovered that Bryce may have suffered a heart attack in utero, causing a blood clot to develop in the left ventricle of his heart, which prevents it from pumping as it should, and supplying adequate blood flow to the rest of his body.

Treatment so far has included surgery to determine if a heart bypass was a viable option (it isn’t), medication to dissolve the clot (not effective),  pulmonary artery bands to restrict blood flow to the lungs (too dangerous, as this resulted in the blood clot breaking up and going to his brain, which caused several small strokes and accompanying seizures, but thankfully without permanent brain damage), and blood thinners (limited success, but not enough for the damaged heart to keep up with the proper supply of blood to the body).  Now, at two months of age, Bryce has been diagnosed with heart failure, and his doctors have determined that the remaining treatment option is a heart transplant.

His is an extremely rare case and there are no documented cases for his doctors to refer to refer to for treatment, but this little slugger has been through the wringer and he’s still swinging, so his medical team and his family are 100% dedicated to the heart transplant option as his best shot at a normal, healthy life.

His family is just starting the transplant process, which means that Bryce will be transported to Stanford Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, CA early next week (week of September 25th).  His parents, Brad and Brie Vanderpool, live 120 miles away and will have to commute in shifts during the workweek so they can work in order to retain their health insurance coverage, and to care for Bryce’s big brother Braxton. 

They have applied for a room in the Ronald McDonald House for families of child patients, but there is a waiting list and the best next available option for them in Palo Alto is discounted rates at local hotels, which will very quickly become a huge expense.  Depending on how long it takes for a heart to become available, there will be times when his parents will have to take time off work unpaid so they can be with him for specific procedures and surgeries. There will also be a need for help with co-pays for medical bills and medication, commuting costs, etc., which are bound to arise along the way.

Although Brad & Brie don’t know how much Bryce’s medical bills will be at this point, they would like to set a fundraising goal of $75,000, and hope that the process will go quickly and smoothly so nowhere near that amount is actually needed.

The have committed that any money that isn't used to be donated to the Stanford Children's Heart program, to help continue its mission to research childhood heart disease and hopefully find a cure. 

Bryce and his family have already proven they are fighters, but they need our help.  Please pitch in and help now with whatever you can spare.  Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 29, 2017

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Posted on November 29, 2017

First of all, a word of thanks to all of you who have been kind enough to have taken an interest in Bryce Vanderpool and his family, and who have been so generous with your resources and donated to his fund.

There is now some very good news to report, but on its heels comes a new financial challenge.  

First the good news:  Bryce's status as a prospective heart recipient has been upgraded to 1A, which means that it's been determined by his medical team that he is fully capable of withstanding and benefiting from transplant surgery, and now it's only a matter of time before a donor heart becomes available for him.

And now the financial challenge:  Bryce's dad, Brad, has learned this week that his warehouse job with the company he has been with for 16 years is coming to an end due to the warehouse closing, and he will soon be laid off.  This difficulty places the family under a sharply increased financial strain, which was already difficult due to Bryce's location at Stanford Children's Hospital being 100 miles from his family home in Elk Grove, and the costs incurred by his parents for continuously commuting back and forth from their jobs to be with him.  

So, for the same reasons we set up a donation fund for Bryce over 2 months ago, we are now making an appeal to you to please reach out to your friends, family members, churches, community organizations, perhaps even your local newspaper - and bring Bryce's fund to their attention by sharing this update with them.   A small amount donated by a large number of people could make such a big  difference for these folks.  Please continue to help in any way that you can, and THANK YOU!!!


Posted on November 29, 2017

UpdateImage

Posted on November 29, 2017

First of all, a word of thanks to all of you who have been kind enough to have taken an interest in Bryce Vanderpool and his family, and who have been so generous with your resources and donated to his fund.

There is now some very good news to report, but on its heels comes a new financial challenge.  

First the good news:  Bryce's status as a prospective heart recipient has been upgraded to 1A, which means that it's been determined by his medical team that he is fully capable of withstanding and benefiting from transplant surgery, and now it's only a matter of time before a donor heart becomes available for him.

And now the financial challenge:  Bryce's dad, Brad, has learned this week that his warehouse job with the company he has been with for 16 years is coming to an end due to the warehouse closing, and he will soon be laid off.  This difficulty places the family under a sharply increased financial strain, which was already difficult due to Bryce's location at Stanford Children's Hospital being 100 miles from his family home in Elk Grove, and the costs incurred by his parents for continuously commuting back and forth from their jobs to be with him.  

So, for the same reasons we set up a donation fund for Bryce over 2 months ago, we are now making an appeal to you to please reach out to your friends, family members, churches, community organizations, perhaps even your local newspaper - and bring Bryce's fund to their attention by sharing this update with them.   A small amount donated by a large number of people could make such a big  difference for these folks.  Please continue to help in any way that you can, and THANK YOU!!!


Posted on October 8, 2017

Posted on October 8, 2017

Just a quick update to express heartfelt thanks going out to each and every one of you WONDERFUL people who have donated to Bryce's fund!

His family is amazed and honored by your kindness, caring, and generosity.  He is still at Stanford Children's Hospital, awaiting the bittersweet miracle of a donor heart to become available, so there is still a substantial financial need.  If someone should ask you for a worthwhile fund to donate to, please keep Bryce in mind.

THANK YOU!

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