Help Dave Gilson With His Journey for a Kidney!

For: David Gilson
Merrimack, NH
Organizer: Lisa Gilson
Help Dave Gilson With His Journey for a Kidney! (David Gilson)
$3,455
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 35 donors
17% Complete

The Story

In March of 2017, after 40 years of diabetes, insulin and medications, we learned that Dave was in End Stage Renal Failure. His kidneys had failed. In April, we visited Mass General Hospital and learned from the transplant team what this journey truly entails. We hadn't anticipated multiple ER visits and copays in a matter of a month, the endless prescriptions, 7 hour trips to dialysis 3 times a week, specialist doctor visits several times a month, multiple surgeries and other expenses this would have. We didn't anticipate that Dave would be mentally and physically drained from this as fast as he is and be unable to work. We go to Mass General every few months and end up having to stay overnight because of the early time we have to be there. We have been blessed with a potential donor, and are awaiting to hear whether or not they are a match or can proceed with testing. We are anticipating medical expenses to continue to pile up and are doing the best we can to make it all work, that being said, when Dave is lucky enough to get a kidney, I'll be out of work (covered under FMLA, but unpaid) for two or so weeks. After the transplant, we will have to make weekly trips to Boston for 6 weeks, then biweekly for several months, then monthly, bi monthly, semi annually and just annually. Each trip will require another day out of work and likely, another overnight in Boston. We are asking for help, any help is greatly appreciated and will be used toward ongoing expenses related to Dave and his medical treatment.



Thank you in advance for any assistance you are able to provide. We truly appreciate it.


Dave and Lisa Gilson

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 19, 2017

Posted on November 19, 2017

Dave and I wanted to thank you all again for your continuous support. We are truly blessed. We've hit a few bumps in the road but are headed in the right direction. Dave has to have a few more tests to ensure the procedures would be as safe as possible.

We appreciate each and every one of you for ongoing prayers and support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 


Posted on November 3, 2017

Posted on November 3, 2017

11/3/17

UPDATE:

Thank you all who have supported us through this journey so far. We were in Boston a few weeks ago for a Stress test which had to be retested again yesterday as it was inconclusive. The results from yesterday came back and we are cleared from a Cardiology standpoint. Now, we wait. The transplant team will take all of the testing and information gathered the last 7 months and review every little detail. During the thorough review, they will determine whether or not it is ok to proceed with a transplant or if more testing is required to ensure the procedure will be as safe as possible for everyone. We will update as soon as we know either way. 

We truly appreciate each and every one of you who have been there for us through this whole ordeal. We are moving forward with positive attitudes and faith that everything will continue to go as it is suppose to.


Thank you again, 

Dave and Lisa Gilson


Posted on September 29, 2017

Posted on September 29, 2017

Thank you all so much!

We had several appointments yesterday in Boston with a potential donor. Dave and they had blood testing and imaging as well as meetings with the recipient and donor teams. We are headed in the right direction. We now have to leave it up to the mere science of everything to see if they are a matching pair. Dave met with another surgeon that has one more test they'd like before moving him to becoming Kidney and Pancreas transplant eligible. We were advised to move forward with the live donor if things work out and wait for the pancreas. More testing to follow in the next few weeks, then more science and comparing.

We will continue to push forward with hope and faith that all will work out. 


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