As many of you know, I have been living with the End-stage renal disease for the past two years.
On January 15, 2016, I went into complete kidney failure and had to start dialysis. I have been on dialysis treatment for 14 months, which has made it challenging to maintain a good quality of life, but I’m fortunate because my father is willing and able to gift me one of his kidneys. My parents are coming to Los Angeles from Michigan for the surgery and will be here for approximately three weeks. Words cannot express what this means to me.
Because I have been on dialysis, and have not had any other major setbacks, I have been able to work part-time. With the help of family, I have been able to keep up with all but the most major of my medical bills.
I have come to realize that I’ll need help to get through the transplant and the healing process. The cost of a transplant (including preliminary testing, the surgery itself and post-operative recovery) will be in excess of $250,000. I’m not sure exactly how much will be covered by my insurance.
The transplant and recovery are expected to take 8 to 12 weeks for myself, and 3 to 4 weeks for my father. I’m trying to raise money to cover the costs of:
- Pre-transplant evaluations
- The procedure itself
- Follow-up care and testing
- Anti-rejection drugs
Asking for help is difficult for me; asking family and friends to help me with money is even more so. In a perfect world, no one should have to worry about how they will pay for life-saving medicine. I’ve been blessed with a strong network of family and friends, and I’m continually surprised and gratified by the number of people offering their love and support.
Please help my Dad and I get the very best care possible. The transplant process is long and taxing. Your love and support can help ease that burden. The past few years have been challenging for me and my fiancée, Jaime. (Oh yeah, that’s right, we’re engaged and we’re planning to get married in May of 2018!!!) I feel fortunate that my father is able to donate and that I have the opportunity of a better future. I appreciate anything you can do to help.
Thank you for your time and your support.