Help Support Dawn McVey's Journey to Healing

For: Dawn McVey
Kansas City, MO
Organizer: Amy Branton
Help Support Dawn McVey's Journey to Healing (Dawn McVey)
$38,712
of $47,600 goal
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Raised by 573 donors

The Story

For those who know Dawn, you know God put a song of JOY in her heart. She loves all things color, song, flowers, and design, and her warm, cheery smile can light up any room! She has been a beautiful blessing to many of us as she uses her amazing voice and joyful personality to passionately share Jesus.


Dawn has been battling intestinal failure for the last seven years. She has endured countless tests, procedures, trial medications, and hospital stays. After a year of being on a feeding port and considering all options of healing before an intestinal transplant, she reached a place of needing the transplant. 


Dawn's small intestine transplant operation took place Saturday, October 28th, and everything has gone very smoothly! She is making a great recovery thus far, praise God! Each day she is making great strides toward healing!

How you can support:

The first and foremost means to support Dawn and her husband Bart, is to pray. They sincerely appreciate, more than anything, the faithful prayers being offered on their behalf.

Physical Needs:
Considering air travel for Bart and the other caregivers over the coming months, accommodations and daily expenses (including the elevated living expenses in Washington, D.C.), the transplant travel allowance granted by the insurance company will be insufficient to cover the cost of travel from Kansas City.

1) Money donations would be helpful.

2) Donations could also be made in the form of airline miles for either American or Southwest Airlines. If that is something you'd like to contribute, please let us know through the YouCaring site and we can connect with you to make the appropriate arrangements for gifting the miles.

Through this entire season of trial, Dawn has not lost the song of joy God put her in heart. Her faith has remained firm in our Father who is faithful. Together, let’s be an army of prayer warriors for restored health, allowing Dawn to share that song again! Praising God she is on her way!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 5, 2018

Posted on April 5, 2018

Final Words from Dawn & Bart---

We will soon be two months past the final surgery. It is a long healing process for the intestines to work together normally, because besides the introduction of the new small intestine, the large intestine has been mostly inactive for a very long time. It is awakening from minimal function as part of the normal GI process. Food consumption is now mostly normal, with only some restrictions on foods that are still too fibrous or gaseous, & others that represent an elevated risk of harmful bacteria for a very limited immune system. Rediscovering tastes, flavors & textures from what seems like a longer time ago than it's actually been has been a joy for both of us. It is WONDERFUL to be sharing meals together again, & to be able to have fellowship with friends over food is something we missed SO much. It's all been given back to us, & we don't take any of it for granted for one second. Once again, we cannot express enough our thanks to everyone who has sacrificed for us financially in any way, & for the untold volume of prayers that have been lifted up in our behalf. God has truly performed a miracle in our lives that we could not have fathomed even a few years ago & we trust that you know you are part of that miracle. Our prayer is that each of you will experience abundant blessing that meets your need from Him, just as you have been part of His blessing to us. This journey has confirmed to us that our choices & desires may not necessarily coincide with His plans & timing, but ultimately His ways are far above our own. And most of all, He is faithful & able to provide the strength & perseverance to meet every trial or challenge. Please feel free to follow Dawn going forward on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dawnsing?hl=en . You do not have to be a member of Instagram to read her posts at that address. She will continue to update there often about her healing progress, papercrafting work, & day-to-day life in general. God Bless!

Posted on February 12, 2018

Posted on February 12, 2018

Today, just over 15 weeks after the transplant surgery, Dawn had her final regular clinic appointment and it is confirmed that on Tuesday morning, February 13, the transplant team will perform surgery to connect the small intestine and place it back inside Dawn's abdomen for good! If everything goes as planned, she will be hospitalized for less than a week, then discharged to their temporary quarters in DC. Her GI system should immediately begin to function in a normal fashion and they will monitor her on an outpatient basis at Georgetown for some period of weeks before she would get the all-clear to go "home-home". We all thank God for this tremendous news and the remarkable progress of her recovery so far. Because of the amount of time in DC for this entire process, & including the high cost of accommodations rental in the D.C. area, commuting expenses & recurring travel expenses between Kansas City & DC, the McVeys will far-exceed the "travel allowance" granted by their insurance provider for the entire transplant process, and would be grateful for any additional financial support through the YouCaring site. They wish to convey their sincerest thanks for everyone who has already supported them in this manner, &also through donations of airline miles, gift cards, etc....... even more so for the outpouring of well-wishes & continued prayer support. Dawn' more-frequent Instagram updates remain available at https://www.instagram.com-_-dawnsing-_-?hl=en






















Posted on December 7, 2017

Posted on December 7, 2017

An update directly from Dawn and Bart:

We offer endless thanks to all of you for your support---financially through money contributions or airline miles (we've found Southwest is much more accommodating than American in that respect), & for those of you following Dawn on Instagram, she is consistently overwhelmed by the kind words, encouragement & prayer support. She is now posting daily, for the most part, when her clinic schedule permits at https://www.instagram.com/dawnsing/?hl=en . If you have not followed there, her progress is nothing short of miraculous to this point. She is eating a very diverse menu now, with a much smaller group of items remaining "off-limits", & she is much farther ahead in this respect than anyone, including the transplant staff could have imagined. In fact, yesterday at 5-1/2 weeks post-surgery, the Transplant Coordinator told her that she has never seen a transplanted intestine doing as well as Dawn's is at this juncture. We look forward with great anticipation to the day in the coming months when they will release her from proximate clinic care in DC to return home to Kansas City.

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