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)
of $47,600 goal.
Raised by 551 donors
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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 November 18, 2017


Posted on November 18, 2017

Dawn has been released from the hospital and is now in their cute little apartment that will be their home away from home for the next few months. She continues to make great strides in recovering and in fact, she has some really awesome news to share!

An update straight from Dawn:

"There. Are. No. Words! I got the all-clear to start eating solid foods!!! Granted, It's a very specialized small intestine transplant diet right now, but that will change over time until I'm eating pretty much like everyone else. And for a person who hasn't eaten food in five months, the list of foods I can already have right now feels like a huge smorgasbord! We cried in the transplant clinic and when we got "home", we stood in our little kitchen and cried over those first bites of pretzel! We are overcome with God's goodness and His mercy! He has brought us to this place and we've been thanking Him over and over, since they gave us the news! We have the whole weekend stretched out in front of us now, with no appointments until Monday so we can just rest up and have fun trying foods I haven't had in a long time! Obviously, we'll take it slow and I will have to eat a lot of small meals and snacks to stretch my stomach out again, but we are so looking forward to the weekend in our cozy Airbnb, enjoying the thrill of chewing things (something else I will never take for granted!!). As you can imagine, we are OVERJOYED!"

Dawn and Bart had a sandwich night tonight, and as you can imagine, Dawn was thrilled to be able to bite into a sammy and chew!

Now that Dawn is released from the hospital, any mail you would like to send can be addressed to the following P.O. Box:

PO Box 25322 Overland Park, KS 66213

Bart and their other loved ones will be traveling back and forth to trade places so Bart can work. Any mail delivered to the P.O. Box will be taken to Dawn when they trade off every couple weeks.

Thank you for all of the support you all have shown. The McVey's want you all to know how much they sincerely appreciate everything! And thank you for praying Dawn all the way through to complete healing, she is well on her way! Praising God with them!

Posted on November 6, 2017


Posted on November 6, 2017

Hello Everyone! I'm happy to share a wonderful update from Dawn herself! 

Hello from our room on the transplant floor! They moved us out of the ICU over the weekend but I've had a lot of issues with pain since we got moved so it was a rough weekend. However we're getting some more of the pain under control today and do you see what they just delivered to me?! My first lunch tray of clear liquids!! That means if all goes well, I'll progress to actual food (that you chew!) in a couple days!! And get this, they say we're on track to get out of here possibly this coming weekend!! We are learning over and over again not to put God in a box! They had told us to plan on 3-4 weeks in the hospital so I'd been asking God to shoot for 3 weeks and here He goes and maybe shoots for 2 weeks!! The Bible says that He can do more than we can ask or imagine and we have been seeing that again and again during this whole process. He just keeps blowing us away with His faithfulness and even just His goodness to us in all the little details. They've all been telling us we've got the best room with the best view on this floor. We are just feeling so blessed and beyond grateful. Still praying we can get the pain fully under control but also that we would just rest in His perfect timing with everything that's yet to come. God's plan is clearly so much better than ours ever could be! Thank you for continuing to pray for us and for sharing in our joy! Much love to you all!!

Posted on November 3, 2017

Posted on November 3, 2017

Dawn has been doing really well with recovery thus far and even has been up out of bed walking.

Dawn's chest X-ray yesterday identified some stray air under the diaphragm. After a CT scan for a closer look, Dr. decided to do an emergency exploratory surgery this morning. They wanted to determine whether there was a small misconnection where the intestine was joined or leakage around her GJ tube exit site. Praising God that everything went smoothly! After the surgery, Dr. said, "Everything is perfect!" He said it was likely just leftover air from original surgery, but better to be certain.

Grateful for the Dr's and staff taking such good care of Dawn and Bart. Bart says their care in the ICU has been marvelous.

Thank you once again for your outpouring of love and support for the McVey's! 

Again, if you'd like to send a note, you may send to this address. No flowers allowed for transplant patients. 
Medstar Georgetown
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007

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