Health Care for Kidney Transplant

$21,850 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 4 months
I am a match to donate a kidney to my wife, Jeanne.  I asked my employer for 6 weeks off so I could donate a kidney.  The employer decided to terminate my position so I could focus on taking care of my wife.  The loss of income and healthcare before such a major event is devastating.   

Funds raised will be used 100% for healthcare -- the cost of healthcare insurance, payments for out-of-pocket maximum for insurance, and prescription anti-rejection drugs after transplant that are not covered by Medicare or our insurance. 

Currently, we do dialysis at home with the Next Stage System as shown in the picture.  I am so thankful for trained volunteers who donate a few hours a week to sit with my wife during dialysis.   

Dialysis keeps the body alive, but over time toxins that the machine cannot remove build up and cause permanent damage.  The National Kidney Foundation recommends a transplant with less than 24 months of dialysis yields the best results.  Jeanne is at 20 months on dialysis and is on the transplant list at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. 

I want to give my kidney to her soon so the kidney has the best chance of long-term (hopefully 15 - 20 years) of service.
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I just signed the petition, “U.S. House of Representatives: Support legislation to keep dialysis patients insured. Pass H. R. 3976 today..” I think this is important. Will you sign it too?

Here’s the link:
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Yesterday the UMC hospital committee met and approved to be a kidney donor. Yeah! No more testing for Matt. Stay the course on diet and exercise to maintain health according to blood-work tests.

Unfortunately, Jeanne just turned 50, so she is required to have a colonoscopy before surgery can be scheduled. Per health insurance, Jeanne must be 50 to request a colonoscopy. This example is the classic which comes first a chick or egg or in the military a Catch-22 scenario. Based on my own recent experience getting a colonoscopy this will be a 3-4 month process between initial appointment that scheduling surgery. I was a low priority because I had no symptoms or problems suggesting a need to get one sooner. It would have taken longer if I was not a kidney donor. After the colonoscopy, it will be 1-2 month process to schedule the transplant when the Operating Room is available.

Medically transplants in the first two years of doing dialysis have the best results according to the National Kidney Foundation. The existing kidney will eventually shut-down and all urine production stop. Then toxins build up rapidly causing permanent damage. Even if a kidney is donated later, the functionality and performance are statistically less. Jeanne is still producing urine, but it is measurably decreasing. This potential 6-month delay puts Jeanne past the 2-year mark and increases the likelihood that a donated will not function as well. One could argue that this known kidney damage is much more likely to occur than the risk of having colon cancer a 50-year old with no symptoms or problems. This a requirement of all kidney donation centers that is mandatory and is not open to scientific risk management of an individual.

Everyone is pointing fingers at someone else as the person to fix this. Pray for a path that will shorten this time.

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We now have officially hit the target of money received. GoFundMe charges 3% for credit cards or $600. We do not need to increase the target amount raised. The account will remain open because some people have still told me they want to contribute. Any money collected above the target will be held in reserve for 2019 health care costs. We have reached the maximum out-of-pocket cost on our insurance for Jeanne the last three years, and I think this will take place in 2019.
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Hi! This is Jeanne! I am blown away by your love and generosity that you have shown us. It has been amazing to be reminded that we are blessed by your caring and that we have a community that takes care of each other. This has been quite the arduous process, and we are grateful that you have helped us move forward into the future!

Now about that transplant: We have had some insurance issues that have put things on hold, but now we are getting back on track, and hope to hear from UMC about whatever needs to happen next so that we can schedule the procedures. For anyone who has struggled with a chronic condition, you know that coordinating all the needed care is a full-time job, and you have to pay them for it! We are learning to write down everything, ask questions, ask more questions, and keep asking for help if we need it. You have helped us tremendously...THANK YOU!!!!

Stay tuned for more details here, on our FB pages, and screaming about it in church. We'll try to keep up with the updates. Blessings!

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