Kidney for Phil

For: Phil Rollison
Organizer: Koelyn Rollison
Kidney for Phil (Phil Rollison)
$2,975
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 21 donors
29% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

He needs a Kidney and Pancreas transplant hopefully within the year.  Phil was born in Reno, Nevada on June 3, 1986.  He is only 27 years old.  Phil was Hospitalized in December of 2012 and again in January of 2013.  He was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney failure during the January hospitalization.  He was placed on the transplant list in September of 2013 when he reached stage 4 and was told he would receive the transplants in 6 to 18 months.  He is now in stage 5 of kidney failure also known as End Stage Renal Failure.  He began Dialysis treatments on February 5th, 2014.  He attends Dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hrs each treatment.  After only 2 weeks (6 treatments) of Dialysis, they owe $7,953.26 out of pocket.  That's after insurance paid their portion of almost $20,000. This breaks down to $1,325.54 out of pocket every treatment.  The cost of the Kidney/Pancreas transplant is estimated  to be almost $500,000 which will make them responsible for approximately $100,000 or more after insurance.  After his transplants, he will also need anti-rejection medications which can run about $17,000 per year.  He will need these the rest of his life.

Phil was diagnosed as a Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetic at age 9.  He met his wife, Koelyn, while working at the SPCA of Northern Nevada.  He was an employee and she was a volunteer.  They were both in High School at the time.  Four years later, the two were married  on August 8, 2008. As a child, Phil enjoyed playing in AYSO soccer, bowling, and hiking.  He and Koelyn still go hiking and bowling often.  Koelyn was attending T.M.C.C. and was planning to become a nurse.  However, she put those plans on hold so that she can take care of Phil.  Koelyn works full-time in retail and Phil was working 2 jobs, but had to cut down to one because of the stress it was putting on his body.  Unfortunately, even though he loved working with the animals, the one he had to quit was the Nevada  Humane Society.   He is now working part-time between Dialysis treatments to try to help pay all of the medical bills.  But as you can tell, it is going to be near impossible for them to keep up with all the costs associated with his illness. 

If there is any way that you can spare any amount of money to help him, it will be appreciated.  Every dollar counts.  Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read this.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 21, 2014

Posted on December 21, 2014

Hello everyone  I just  realized how long  it has been  since I  have  given you  all  an  update. Honestly  there  hasn't been  much to update  on and any updates  would have been  short in our  world lately no  news  is good news. Since my last  update  Phil  has been  in the  hospital  for a  couple days  for  uncontrolled  vomiting that they  never  figured out what was causing it.  He has had an eye surgery to repair  damage also done by the diabetes and he is  recovering well.  
This last week  we were  down in San Francisco  finalizing the  tests  for  the  transplant and getting  more education .  We don't have  the  results of the tests yet but the  surgeon said Phil is an  excellent  candidate for a kidney  and pancreas  transplant. Once the test results come back  he will be listed as  Active! Once  he is  active  they  estimate  any time  in the  next  6 months.  A couple  cool  things  we learned  the hospital we are going through  for  this  transplant  sends the surgeon  out  and that  surgeon  stays with the  organs. The  other  thing  is  they  will  call  us  when  the  surgeon  leaves  by the time we get  there  so  should  the  surgeon.  Also  we can write a  letter or send a gift to  the donors family, I think  this would be  a nice  gesture  just to show  them  how  this  gift will touch our  life.
And as always  Thank You for your  support, 

Posted on March 18, 2014

Posted on March 18, 2014

We would Iike to take a moment to everyone for your support it means so much to us.  Today Phil had surgery to create his permanent access for dialysis. They have been using a catheter in the chest that has more risks because it can get infected.  Everything went fantastic with the surgery and he is feeling better then we expected.  Please know that we appreciate everyone that has shared this, donated or contacted us.  Shares really do help because it gets the word out. 

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