Christian Hernandez lung transplant

$8,240 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 29 months

Christian Hernandez AKA Kidd Driver has been battling cystic fibrosis his whole life. CF is a progressive genetic disease that effects the lungs, pancreas, sinuses, liver and digestive system. While research has raised the median survival age to the mid 30s, there is no cure.
Undiagnosed until almost 10 years old, now 24, Kidd already had permanent lung damage. Now dependent on oxygen, his only choice for a better and longer life will be a life saving transplant.
With the advancement of his disease it has become necessary for him to go through the evaluation process for a double lung transplant. Once on the list, the expenses that aren’t covered by his insurance, will be left to us. That is why we have started this campaign; to ask for your support, help and donations.
After transplant we will be required to live in Gainesville for anywhere from one to three months. A furnished apartment runs $1700 a month there; an expense insurance does not cover. Staying near the hospital is necessary after transplant due to testing and rehabilitation; also in case of an emergency.
Years ago, when he was younger and healthier, we would participate in the Great Strides walk. Unfortunately he is no longer able to do that or many of the things that just a year ago he could. Now we are asking for your support and donations to help benefit him to be able to take the next step to a longer and fuller life.
Thank you for your support and we invite you to join us in the next step.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words - before and after transplant.
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Before transplant
And after transplant
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Five months ago today we began one of the most amazing journeys of our lives. One of the longest days of my life; hoping, laughing, crying and praying for a miracle for my baby boy. Our son, Christian AKA Kidd Driver was on life support; a machine breathing for him and the prognosis was grim. The gift of life came just in time for him; a double lung transplant. The progress and changes since transplant have been unbelievable - most importantly he has been able to live. To experience things that we take for granted; simple things like hanging out with friends, going out to dinner or walking on the beach. Through these months there have been bumps along the way but the amazing times have far outweighed the bad. His transformation has begun into the man that he was meant to be. He has been blessed with a second chance and I'm starting to see that the remarkable things he's meant to do are beginning to happen. As I look back and remember our lives before transplant I am in awe and humbled by him; he has proven he's a fighter. I invite you to check out - Kidd Driver's second chance - page for the latest updates.

As always, we celebrate and marvel at the milestones, his accomplishments and his ideas but we will never forget the donor and their family who made the ultimate sacrifice - without which none of this would be possible. In all honesty without their gift he would have died; he was already on life support. They will never be forgotten and will continue to live on through him. Please continue to share Kidd's story let people see what an amazing gift organ donation is and what it can do. Please pray for his donor and their family, the thousands of other people who are waiting for the gift of Life and if you haven't already become an organ donor.
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Four months ago today our lives changed forever. Our son was given the opportunity of a life time - a second chance to live. Not many of you know how very close we came to not having Kidd with us, even the doctors say it's a miracle he survived, those if you who knew him prior to transplant and have seen him since understand, you have seen the change. We've laughed, cried, worried, screamed and sat in amazement at this miracle; this gift that has given him the ability to do things that most of us take for granted - to really LIVE. We've shared our journey with you, there have been set backs, hospital stays and very tense moments but I can only see bright skies ahead for us - for him. I have to say to the friend that has been there thru it all, that helped me find the strength sometimes I didn't think I had and your shoulder to cry on; thank you. We all have grown and learned through this process and hopefully it has made us better people. We are starting a new journey now, a bittersweet one for me; the time for growth and independence. So, yes I'm going to say if you find it in your heart to donate to his campaign please do, funds are still needed so we can relocate closer to the hospital until we can do that we'll have to live in separate places because he can't go back to where we lived before. To those of you that have donated - THANK YOU! I'm going to encourage you to become an organ donor, if you haven't already, and to make sure your family knows your choice because the difference you can make in someone's life is truly life and death. I'm going to close this campaign down in the coming weeks but there's a Kidd Drivers second chance page on Facebook where you can watch for updates and to keep in touch with him. Thank you all for sticking with us and sharing this adventure believe me when I tell you there are great things coming for Kidd. He fought very long and hard to get where he is and I know he's going to do amazing things. To the donor and their family, wherever you are, thank you.
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$8,240 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 29 months
Created June 2, 2016
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LG
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Lori G
10 months ago

Good Luck!

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Anonymous
11 months ago
JN
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James Novak
15 months ago
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I'm praying for you and your family and I hope to meet you and them someday. May God bless you now and always, Jim Novak

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Anonymous
16 months ago
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JW
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Joshua Wiley
17 months ago
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you're gonna make it dude, just keep on keepin on you got this!

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