Dustin Rippetoe's Health Fund
100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. Dustin Rippetoe in Oklahoma is one of them.
He is a 42 year-old father, husband and entrepreneur who loves fitness, mentorship, and leadership. He has dedicated 17 years of his life learning, teaching and training individuals and communities around the world on peak mind and body performance.
Dustin was born with a genetic predisposition for an autoimmune disorder that has manifested about 20 years ago. 10 years ago it presented it started attacking his kidneys and he now needs a transplant.
He thought he could outsmart his condition or outlive his diagnosis, but $1300 monthly insurance and other medical / health expenses say otherwise. He recently began dialysis treatments and will have to sell his gym, gun range, and home (as well as his parent's house) in October.
Despite all this, he is willing to let this ALL go, restructure his life to find new ways of making an income to provide for his family and pay for his treatments.
He will earn an MBA in December 2018.
It's predicted that there is a 3-5 year waitlist to receive a transplant in Oklahoma. This week, he became approved to be on Arizona's recipient list -- the waiting period is about 18 months.
His GOAL is to watch his 4 year-old son grow up.
HIS DREAM is to be healthy and apply his 17 years of fitness training and develop an online training group and curate like-minded people who believe in up-leveling their life.
Dustin is giving it all he's got .... asking for support is hard... but he is worth receiving as much as he has given to others.
How We Can Help
1. Be a donor (type A or O) -- Dustin's insurance will cover the donor's
surgery and medical expenses. Travel, lodging, food will all be taken
care of by the family.
2. Give financially to help cover his family's living and health expenses.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Dustin is currently on the mend at the moment at the hospital. His fever is down and he is no longer shaking (more details coming up from his awesome wife Kenzie).
3/21 Kenzie wrote:
"On Thursday, Dustin went to the emergency room. When the 4 year old Bug helps to pack an emergency bag for Daddy
Dusty woke up with a fever this morning. Since today is a dialysis day he called the clinic and they asked him to come in early so they could treat him in the isolation room.
The biggest concern is an infection in his catheter (that goes directly into his heart). After a conversation with his doctors and a round of IV Tylenol and antibiotics they strongly recommend that he go to the ER.
He is currently waiting on flu test...
It breaks my heart that telling Ben that I need to pack a bag for Daddy is becoming a regular thing but that he reacts with “it’ll be ok mom” and hands me books and a blanket for Dad while he’s in the hospital makes me so proud my heart could burst.
I need to thank everyone for helping us out this afternoon.
Beth Farabough Bolay
It’s comforting to know that when we holler ALL HANDS ON DECK so many people show up to help.
3/23 Dustin writes:
I'm still here.
Feeling better and the fever has broken. Thanks for all the messages and I working today to get them all answered. I was a little delirious on Thursday so just had to shut down. Thanks to Aaron, Beth, Scott, and Robyn for stepping in.
Out of caution, the Docs took my catheter out. So far all blood cultures have come back negative. They are treating me for both flu (although swab was negative) and with broad-spectrum antibiotics. May get to go home tomorrow but logistics (theirs, not mine) suggest Monday is better. I will have to get a new cath installed and run a dialysis session and that won't happen on a weekend.
So today I'm going to study for my Gallup CliftonStrengths exam and have a few coaching calls scheduled on zoom. So normal Saturday... except I can't cover Aaron's Restorative Movement class this morning and Bennett is not curled up in my lap as I type this.
Please SHARE, donate and continue to spread the word -- Dustin, Kenzie and Bennett are grateful for your continued support.
There's a potential donor in the works and she is currently going through testing, which will hopefully result in a transplant in Oklahoma City.
Aim your current moment on your strengths ~Dustin
On November 23, 34 and 25 there will be a worldwide kettlebell swing-a-thon to raise money for Dustin & his family. Find 15 min to work in this challenge to SWING your heart out and collect pledges. Prizes will be given out as well.
Details here: www.alltheswings.com
Or continue to support by donating to Dustin's GoFundMe account.
All the Love xoxo
"Surgery in a bus stop. That is my sorta-clever and certainly grim description of my time at a dialysis center. They are gross and there are very sick people there. I don't belong, or do I? I struggled with that question. As I look across the room, missing limbs, anger and poor hygiene predominate.
The process got the better of me last night, I crashed. Had to get a ride home from my Mom. Made it home took a handful of meds and crashed harder. Woke in the living room with Bennett asking me to play tag (his new favorite)... Stood up, got dizzy, then nauseous, then weak... then went to bed. [Thanks to Steve Coach-Fury Holiner for being understanding and rescheduling our call] Bennett has been resilient and tough but I have to get a point where he doesn't see his Dad from a bed as much.
Is that my future? This, this shitty part-time job and being a Dad that can't provide and play? I am determined to not make it so. I am scheduled for PD catheter on October 12th which start the process for me to move to home dialysis. Though concerns for additional surgery are a worry. They will place a catheter in my abdomen and after it heals I can do dialysis while I sleep by using my body fat as a filter. Mayo, but not the local docs, question the side effects of getting pumped full of sugar water for 6 to 10 hours nightly.
As I am listed now for transplant in both Oklahoma and Arizona the waiting game begins for a deceased donor. As always hope remains that a live donor will step forward and I can gratefully move towards the active-rough-housing-involved dad I want to be for Bennett.
So unashamedly, I ask for donors. As the Mayo docs described, my chances of "normal" (I prefer extraordinary) life double while my chances for rejection/complication are cut in half with a living donor. Selfishly, -I- want to be there for my son, and regain the ability to provide for my family. If you are in good health and an A or O blood type. and would like to know more DM Kenzie, Beth, Debbie, Sadiqua or I [reach out on this page]. Our preference due to the high level of care that my Mom and I received there would be the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.
There is a questionnaire, a short evaluation/testing process and interview to get started. The actual transplant process for a good candidate is short. A few days of evaluation and less than a week for the actual donation is the standard there. The website is below or here: www.mayoclinic.org/livingdonor."