The Rode Lewis Dialysis Fund
My husband Rode Lewis is a working cowboy. He looks the part—handsome, sunburned, stoic. But Rode lives with End Stage Renal Disease. It sounds like a death
sentence – it’s not. Rode is a living testament to that.
Every other day Rode wakes up at 2:20 AM and drives 180 miles for kidney dialysis. He’s been doing this for 8 years now. He could have died when his kidney transplant failed. Thankfully, dialysis keeps him alive. Dialysis lets him keep working to support our family.
We have the opportunity to begin home dialysis. We need to build a simple room equipped with electricity and plumbing. It is going to be the space where we spend 5 hours every other day while I am Rode's dialysis care partner.
Home dialysis will keep him healthier and help him live longer. Home dialysis will allow Rode to live long enough to raise his daughters and see his grandchildren. It gives back the 20 hours he spends each week driving to and undergoing dialysis. Rode will use that time to work with our daughters Mia and Mackenzie on their home schooling and teach them how to care for our ranch animals.
The average dialysis patient survives 5 to 10 years. Rode has survived 8. His doctor says he's a model patient and can live as long as the rest of us if he keeps it up.
Cowboys don’t make much money.
We need your help to build the home dialysis room. My father is a carpenter and brother-in law is a plumber. They will build the room for free on land my parents gave us. We need your help to buy the materials, pay for the permits, get electricity and a septic system to the building.
Friends of ours made this short film about Rode, to help us raise money. It's a beautiful film and we are so grateful for their help. We hope you watch it and decide to make a donation.
Please help us keep Rode healthy and working for his family. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
~ Taj, Mia, Mackenzie, and Rode Lewis, facebook.com/RodeLewis
I am posting this update today from our new home. The one you all made possible for us. We were able to have Thanksgiving here and believe me, our list of thankful's was very long!
Our next step is to start our training. We are currently just waiting to hear from the training facility with news they are ready for us. I anticipate starting after the first of the year.
With the girls back in the public school and our oldest very busy with softball, it makes sense for us to stay here, close to town and school. We are still maintaining the house at the ranch and Rode will be staying there about half the time. On nights when he has dialysis the next day, he will stay with us. This arrangement has been working very well so far and I can tell a difference in everything from the girls attitudes to gas we have to buy to be back and forth from the ranch to town all the time. This house is a major blessing in so many ways!
I am still working on hanging pictures on walls and finishing up some details before I take pictures to share with all of you!!
I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday and I wish you all very Merry Christmas and an amazing 2018!
When we launched this campaign in December, we had set a goal of $20k. This amount would have been what we needed to construct a permanent home dialysis facility for my husband. Within two days, y'all blew that amount out of the water. I was so shocked and to be honest, my emotions were all over the place. The amazing amount of love and support we felt from our supporters, both friend, family, and stranger, filled me with amazement.
At this time, we are in the middle of construction on a house for our family. A house you all made possible for us. Once this is completed, we will begin our dialysis training. Many trainees can complete their training within four weeks so it's possible we could be dialyzing at home by Thanksgiving.
We wanted to take this time to thank you all, again, for your support on our project. It truly takes a village and we have the best one!
There will be updated photos of the project coming soon!
Forgot to put my number--Bob Van Dyke (713) 724-4988
Rode, I am Bob Van Dyke. I have had a kidney transplant and a recent severe heart attack. I about to have an heart valve replacement. I am 75 and my colt starting has been put on hold. I am praying for you and your family. I would love to talk to you. Bob Van Dyke Isaiah 41:10
So happy to hear things have moved along for your family! Blessings to all of you in the Christmas season and beyond. Thankful to see how the Lord blesses others! Merry Christmas to you!
I see the amount is 2 1/2 times what was requested -- is there enough now to cover the home installation for rode ? thanks