medical/travel expenses for transplant

$1,115 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 29 months
Demetrius Lambert   LOWELL, NC
My name is Kenecia and my husband Demetrius Lambert has been a type I diabetic for over 30 years. Dealing with high and low blood glucose levels on a constant basis. Although he does appear to be in good physical shape his diabetes has affected many other thing. He was diagnosed with having peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition where the nerves in his feet have began to loose feeling. Demetrius often has difficulty walking. The pain in his feet are so intense at times it takes everything he has to be able to walk even a short distance. He also has developed peripheral vascular disease. That is a condition in which circulation to the lower parts of his legs are blocked from plague, making it difficult to obtain appropriate blood flow. Another illness he has concerns his eyes. He has had laser surgery to correct diabetic retinopathy as well. Most recently, after a  visit to the local hospital we found him to have something called gastroparesis. This is another condition that comes from his diabetes which slows down and/or stops digestion of food.  We recently had a visit to his endocrinologist and we learned about a procedure called islet cell transplant. Right now it is only offered at a select few locations and is considered a clinical trial. We reside in North Carolina and the study we are trying to attend is in Chicago. There is also discussion about him having a full pancreas transplant. If we are chosen to obtain that we are trying to have that done in NY so that we are closer to family and friends that will be able to assist more in his long recovery process. At this point Demetrius will take the first procedure his name comes up for however, we are trying to raise money to help with the cost of medical and travel expenses that we will incur as a result of either transplant for Demetrius. This transplant could mean a diabetic free life for a few years, something he has not been since the age of 8. This would also help to slow down or stop the progression of his other ailments. We are very private people and so for us to reach out to everyone please know that we are very serious in trying to obtain this procedure. Our family would like to thank all that will consider to contribute to the health of our love one.
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Update 17
20 months ago
Thank you to all, my god bless you
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Update 16
22 months ago
Hello, I just wanted to share with you all that Demetrius has had his islet cell transplant at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is recovering well with a few minor bumps in the road. Continue to pray for his health and strength so that he may have the healing that has been intended for him. I also ask that you pray for the family of the person who lost their life so that this transplant was possible for my husband. Thank you all for your continued support!
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Update 15
23 months ago
We have been in Chicago for the past three days preparing for Demetrius upcoming islet cell transplant. We have learned a lot about this procedure since we have gotten here and we encourage any diabetic to look into having this done. Things in life are often scary but you will never know unless you try. In a few weeks/months he will no longer be taking shots on a daily basis. I commend him on his courage. Please if you know a diabetic that is having difficulties contact one of us for more details. I'm proud of you Demetrius Lambert!
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Update 14
23 months ago
Thank you very much for your support and your prayers, my god bless you for your generosity.
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$1,115 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 29 months
Created April 9, 2014
Demetrius Lambert     Medical   LOWELL, NC
$100
Anonymous
21 months ago
$50
Anonymous
21 months ago
DL
$10
Dolores Ledtke
21 months ago

Praying for healing for Demetrius.

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JR
$50
Jovonn rodriguez
21 months ago
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JovonnA
21 months ago

We Luv u and are praying hard for u.... U have this for Cha Cha.....

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TS
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Troy Spry
25 months ago

A gift from Xklusive Thoughts! Good luck and I'll be praying for you and your family!

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$25
Anonymous
26 months ago
$30
Shanna Withers
27 months ago

Our son was diagnosed 7 years ago. We have someone very close to us that recently went though this transplant and has had amazing success. Our prayers are with you. My husband met one of your close friends today and learned about your journey.

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SH
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Shena Hobson
28 months ago
CK
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Cory King
28 months ago

Hey Demetrius, I sure appreciated you introducing yourself when you were checking out the other day and then bringing me the diabetes bracelet. Thank you for the camaraderie. Please stay in touch and let me know how the transplant prospects are going. Cory

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