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.