Renn's Medical Bills and Family Lodging

$3,782 of $3,100 goal

Raised by 86 people in 42 months
Bethany Telles  CLOVIS, CA
Renn (or, Jedi Renn, as many people call him) was diagnosed with Epilepsy just four days after his 5th birthday. Since then, his seizures have gone from one a week, to no less than three a day. He is now 6 1/2, and is ready to be rid of Epilepsy.

Renn has endured 9 medications, countless MRIs, Video EEGs, a CT scan, PET Scan, SPECT scan, and just recently had a Bilateral Frontal and Temporal Burr Hole implantation of Subdural Strip Electrodes, where they drilled four holes into his skull to further pinpoint where his seizures are coming from. The problem has always been that no matter what we did, his seizures would not stop. But this last trip to UCSF, gave us a word that we'd never heard before when dealing with Renn... CURE.

We have finally been given the good (and heart wrenching) news that on October 28th, he will go back to the hospital and have a grid placed directly onto his sweet, little brain. In the days after, we will pray for enough seizure activity that the doctors will know for certain whether the seizures are stemming from his right temporal lobe, or right frontal lobe. When they determine the location, the doctors will go in, remove the grid, and then remove the problematic area. Yes, that could mean that his entire temporal lobe would be removed.

So, we are raising money for two things: 1. For the ever increasing medical bills that are piling up, and 2. For lodging during this two week stay that he will endure.

You see, UCSF medical center is 4+ hours away from our home. The Ronald McDonald house is an option, but we cannot be put onto a list until Renn is admitted. And even then, there's no guarantee that we will get in. We would love to stay together as a family, and not have Renn's father and little brother stay behind at home, as they have had to do each stay Renn has had. Renn will need the familiarity, the love, and the support from his ENTIRE family, while going through this. Hotels in the area offer a small discount, but even then, we will not be able to cover the costs of groceries and the room.

Renn is a strong, vibrant Jedi who loves Star Wars so much, all he wants is to meet George Lucas. :) He says often that he "Isn't afraid because Jedis are never afraid, plus God is always taking care of [him]."

We thank you for taking the time to read this, share our story, and be willing to help our family. God bless you, richly.
Romans 8:18

www.thebrainofajedi.blogspot.com
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Update 3
Posted by Bethany Telles
42 months ago
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We are in shock. We are in absolute awe of this outpouring of love. What an incredible birthday presant for me as Renn's mom! To see this gift?! Seriously?? We met our goal in less than two days. All thanks to YOU. May God bless each one of your lives! Our family can be together for the end of this horrendous journey... Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!!!

Love,
The Telles family
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Update 2
Posted by Bethany Telles
42 months ago
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We are in awe... Total and complete awe. How do we thank you? How do we repay your kindness and love? Oh my goodness...

With these donations alone, the copays for Renn's upcoming surgeries are paid for, as well as some that were lingering over our heads.

May God truly bless you ALL for this. We have no words... One day, we hope to pay your love forward.
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Update 1
Posted by Bethany Telles
42 months ago
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We are in tears... It's been five minutes since this went live. God bless you all!!!
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$3,782 of $3,100 goal

Raised by 86 people in 42 months
Created September 17, 2013
JG
$25
Jennifer Guran
40 months ago

Donating for Omar's efforts to help raise funds for Renn.

$50
Anonymous
41 months ago
MO
$200
Melanie Oscarson
41 months ago

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love, positive thoughts and prayers to your family!!!

KP
$40
Kim Pfennigwerth
42 months ago

I don't know how I missed all this but finally caught up to past blogs and saw Erik's blog (This Kid Reads)

PK
$25
Penny Klostermann
42 months ago

Sending thoughts and prayers to Renn and your family, Bethany.

LP
$50
Larry Parker
42 months ago

Wish you the best !!!

$50
Karen Pickering
42 months ago

May the force be with you Jedi Renn. You're never far from my thoughts.

JB
$25
Jarm Del Boccio
42 months ago

Just a little extra for the journey. . .blessings!

TS
$50
The Scheurich's
42 months ago
KB
$25
Kathleen Berman
42 months ago

I think of Renn and your family often. I hope they find a way to help him.

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