A Liver For Sarah Stanczyk

$20,730 of $30k goal

Raised by 256 people in 20 months
Katie Gonzalez  HOLLYWOOD, FL
First, I'd to thank everyone for their prayers, support and love. It has honestly been the most helpful for Sarah's spirits.
I'd like to tell you a bit about my beautiful sister.... She is unbelievably smart, beautiful and kind. She has always graduated at the top of her class, has been a proud business owner since the age of 21, and has always pushed through her hard times the best that she can. Her husband, her rock, her soulmate David passed away unexpectedly in 2008 and when she found love once again, he was also taken from her in 2009. Since their deaths, she dedicated a lot of her time with fellow military widows and found happiness in her friendships with the women who have suffered similar situations. Sarah has been through a whirlwind in her short 32 years, and now she is faced with a critical situation and we are all holding out hope for the best. She has gone into liver failure and has begun to go into kidney failure. We are hoping that she stays with us long enough for a liver transplant and without having to go on dialysis. She enjoys everyone's phone calls, messages and prayers... they mean the absolutely world to her and make her smile.
We are coming to all of you today, asking for more support. We are asking for donations to help cover her medical expenses, transfer fees to another facility for a possible transplant and for her expenses for home care. We would appreciate any and all donations because everything truly helps. Thank you all in advance and I will keep everyone updated.
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Update 35
Posted by Katie Gonzalez
15 months ago
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Sarah is finally back home and settling in. She will be meeting her new team of Florida doctors at the university of Miami hospital. She will continue visits throughout the rest of her life, not only to her new doctors in Florida but also to UW hospital in Wisconsin where she received her transplant. Her next trip back to UW will be in 4 months and in the meantime she'll be continuing physical therapy amongst other types of visits while here in Florida. It's been a long, bumpy but joyous journey for Sarah and our family, but we would have never made it through without the continued support from all of you. We appreciate everyone's kind words, financial support and prayers. There are no words that could properly express or define how thankful we are for all of you. We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May the new year bring health and happiness to all!
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Update 34
Posted by Katie Gonzalez
16 months ago
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My Mom posted this update on Facebook today.

Sarah has passed her 3 month birthday of her liver transplant and so appreciates all the support, prayers, and good wishes from everyone.
As an outpatient she continues in Madison at the University of Wisconsin Transplant Unit and Rehab.
This week she had another EEG to continue evaluation of her hemorrhagic Cerebrovascular accident that occurred following her transplant. Her liver numbers continue to be good although some others such as her kidneys are fluctuating in the wrong direction. This coming week she meets with nephrology for evaluation. This was always a concern especially with the amount of time that she spent on dialysis before and after her surgery.
She continues to work very hard to build muscle and strength overall. Yesterday she actually learned to run on the treadmill at rehab. She ran for a full 30 seconds and then 10 seconds on the treadmill. While this may not sound like a lot, this is how standing and walking began, with seconds and then minutes on the stopwatch and counting her steps. Her walking continues to improve as well as her endurance so that she is up to 10 minutes or more on her feet.
Today I am including a picture of the Primary Support Badge that Stanley and I wore everyday while Sarah was an inpatient. The Badge was your 24/7 pass to the hospital and to accompany Sarah to all of her tests. It is now, thankfully, retired.
I'm also including the picture of Sarah leaving the hospital on her last day as an inpatient. I know I included it before but her expression of happiness is priceless for me.
Her appointments continue through December so that we may see snow. I am so looking forward to time with Kelley, Katie and Frank and hugs and kisses from the grandkids. Some sand and palm trees with bright sunshine and blue skies sounds really great.
Thank you everyone for your continued support and prayers. This has been a huge undertaking and hearing from everyone has really helped. Thanks.
Sarah at Neurology getting her EEG
Sarah officially released from hospital
UW Hospital Badge - retired
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Update 33
Posted by Katie Gonzalez
16 months ago
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It’s 3 months (pictures are a lookback) since Sarah Stanczyk’s transplant at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and she has finally recovered enough to leave the hospital as an outpatient. We began this ongoing journey back in May when I arrived to care for her and then July (see Liver for Sarah Go Fund Me) waiting for insurance approval to receive a liver transplant at UW. Her time was short due to her quickly deteriorating condition. With the help of the doctors from St. Louis University Hospital, Sarah was accepted as a patient at UW. Without the help of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, her Chief of Staff Mattee Sanz and the office of Missouri State Senator Keavney we would not have been able to move her to UW and save Sarah.

After only 4 days at UW a generous family suffering the loss of a loved one made the ultimate gift of a liver that saved Sarah’s life.

You can only call all of this a miracle for which we are so thankful.

Sarah and our family are able to make this long difficult journey with the help of so many friends who provide prayers, good wishes, and financial support through the Liver for Sarah Go Fund Me page. Her sisters, Katie and Kelley have worked to keep up the necessary details of our lives. For all your support, prayers, and financial gifts we say thank you for helping to save Sarah.

Your support is enabling us to stay with Sarah in Madison so that she is not alone in a strange city while she continues to recover and has family to help her with doctor visits, procedures and medications. Your support also helps to pay for her many medications to prevent rejection.

Sarah has worked hard in Physical Therapy to regain strength and ability to walk. When therapy started she couldn’t raise her arm without help. Her doctors remind her how far she has come when she needs some cheering up. They tell her that when she arrived she had brain failure, kidney failure, and liver failure and looked like the Michelin Man (from swelling). The doctors prepared us for the bumps in the road but they are still scary. The list of bumps is long but her big ones include heart issues, hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident, out of control blood pressure/heart rate, PRES syndrome, encephalopathy, kidney failure, etc. It’s possible that there is more to come. She takes over 40 pills a day at this point. But she is getting better and is out of the hospital for now, using a walker and a wheelchair for long distances. The doctors say that hopefully after a year she will be recovered enough that the difficult times will be just a memory.

We are staying in a local hotel 5 minutes from the hospital till around the end of December. Stanley and I finally left behind the hospital chairs we slept in for those months. She has about 12 appointments a week for testing, MRI’s, CAT scans, Physical therapy, doctors, etc. so location is important.

The pictures are a look back on the 3 months at UW. It’s hard to believe how far Sarah has come in the 6 months since I arrived in St. Louis to care for her.

Your help and moral support are such an important part of this miracle story and will continue to be as Sarah and our family goes forward in her recovery.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support.
Sarah practicing walking with therapist
Sarah stands for the 1st time w/ machine
Sarah leaves UW & is now an outpatient
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Update 32
Posted by Katie Gonzalez
18 months ago
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Sarah is making great strides in the right direction! She's taking steps with a walker and has an intent to discharge set for October 15th. From then she will stay in a hotel close by to the hospital where she will go back and forth for a few months until her doctor appointments and checks go from daily to weekly to monthly then yearly. Her voice sounds great and she's looking forward to getting back in touch with everyone. She sends her love and gratitude as well as we do for everything that you all have done for us.
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Charmaine Ho Shue S
20 months ago
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Safe trip Sarah. Speedy recovery1

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Karen Malone
20 months ago
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Many , many thoughts and prayers for Sarah and her family. One person should not have to handle so much in such a short time or even for a lifetime.

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Shawna Milliken
20 months ago
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Prayers!!

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Aida Crusan
16 months ago

With all my heart wishing you will be recovered, back home and enjoying life, there are thousands praying for you, God is with you and your family.

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June Gentle
19 months ago

Wonderful starting to get mobile

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June Gentle
19 months ago

Great wonderful news. Now is the time to bring in good healthy food. Organic veggie shakes and lots of organic foods, lots of green nutritious food to build the body. Sending love and prayers. Please let me know if I can send a good liquid supplement.

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June Gentle
19 months ago

THIS IS TRUELY GREAT NEWS!!!

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Donna Licolli Latshaw
19 months ago

Once again, so many prayers and positive thoughts coming to you, Sarah, and also to you, Shelley!!

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Mistyblu Goodapple
19 months ago

I have met her in person only once but heard so much about her.. She is a string women, and you got this girl. If ever need be another match which I pray will never happen. I'll gladly test and donate... Xoxo my prayers are with a of u.

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Charmaine Ho Shue S
19 months ago

Happy to hear of Sarah great progress.

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Charmaine Ho Shue S
19 months ago

Very happy to hear such good news. Sarah we're all rooting for you!

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$20,730 of $30k goal

Raised by 256 people in 20 months
Created July 23, 2015
SK
$100
Stewart & Phyllis Guthrie & Kaplan
4 months ago

Love to all.

FD
$30
francisco diaz
14 months ago(Monthly Donation)
$50
Karen Willner
15 months ago

Welcome Home! We're celebrating your return with you and your family. Karen and Gene Willner

FD
$30
francisco diaz
15 months ago(Monthly Donation)
FD
$30
francisco diaz
16 months ago(Monthly Donation)
1
1
LD
$35
Liede DeValdivielso
16 months ago

all our prayers are with you and your family!!!

DS
$50
Diane Schiller
16 months ago

Please keep healing

FD
$30
francisco diaz
17 months ago(Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
18 months ago
$25
Bonnie McCune
18 months ago

Sarah and ALL of you remain in our Hearts, Thoughts and Prayers......God Bless

Charmaine Ho Shue S
20 months ago
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Safe trip Sarah. Speedy recovery1

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Karen Malone
20 months ago
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Many , many thoughts and prayers for Sarah and her family. One person should not have to handle so much in such a short time or even for a lifetime.

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Shawna Milliken
20 months ago
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Prayers!!

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Aida Crusan
16 months ago

With all my heart wishing you will be recovered, back home and enjoying life, there are thousands praying for you, God is with you and your family.

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June Gentle
19 months ago

Wonderful starting to get mobile

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June Gentle
19 months ago

Great wonderful news. Now is the time to bring in good healthy food. Organic veggie shakes and lots of organic foods, lots of green nutritious food to build the body. Sending love and prayers. Please let me know if I can send a good liquid supplement.

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June Gentle
19 months ago

THIS IS TRUELY GREAT NEWS!!!

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Donna Licolli Latshaw
19 months ago

Once again, so many prayers and positive thoughts coming to you, Sarah, and also to you, Shelley!!

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Mistyblu Goodapple
19 months ago

I have met her in person only once but heard so much about her.. She is a string women, and you got this girl. If ever need be another match which I pray will never happen. I'll gladly test and donate... Xoxo my prayers are with a of u.

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Charmaine Ho Shue S
19 months ago

Happy to hear of Sarah great progress.

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Charmaine Ho Shue S
19 months ago

Very happy to hear such good news. Sarah we're all rooting for you!

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