Elizabeth's Kidney Transplant Fund
My insurance will pay the direct costs of the transplant, but there are many associated costs that are not covered. I am seeking donations to help pay for my family's travel, lodging, and other expenses as well as those of my donor's family. Being away from home, possibly multiple times, for many days will be very expensive.
If you would like to help, it would be greatly appreciated. More than anything, please pray for us as we embark upon this journey!
This month brings an exciting happening regarding my kidney transplant! We leave for the University of Illinois at Chicago on Sunday, April 22nd, for the final week of testing with my donor and for my final cardiac clearance for surgery. All indications from my transplant coordinator are that we should leave at the end of that week with a surgery date! We are hoping for late June or July. The difference this will make in my life is amazing! And I am so thankful for the part you’ve played in my journey, thus far! It’s been a long one.
As we move ahead with this testing, I will need to begin to seriously focus on raising funds. I’ve attached a spreadsheet of sorts that will let you know how expenses are shaping up. For the upcoming week of testing, the expense breakdown is as follows:
Rent for six days in the residence hall $360
Gasoline for round-trip to Chicago: $150
Food for the week: $180
Approximate total for week $781
As some of you may know, my family will be required to stay with me for the first three weeks after surgery. My donor will be required to have a caregiver during that time, as well. Then I will have to stay near the hospital for the first twelve weeks after I am released from the hospital. For the first six weeks, I will have three appointments each week and for the next six weeks, I will have two appointments each week. I will have to have a caregiver (my son) with me the entire time I’m there. This all will be an expensive undertaking. While my insurance will pay for the actual transplant, it covers none of these peripheral expenses. An approximate breakdown for this time is as follows:
Rent for 21 days for my donor: $1,260
Rent for 91 days for me: $5,460
Approximate total for the period: $11,353
I recognize that finances are tight for everyone, these days, and I know that I am asking a lot. It is very humbling to depend upon the kindness of others in order to save my life. I am not responding to dialysis well, as some bodies do not. This transplant is my opportunity to be able to live a longer, productive life. It is my plan to go back to work as a social worker and be able to give back in honor of all those who have given to me.
If you can donate, it would be appreciated more than you can imagine. Please also share my story on your social media accounts, along with a brief introduction about how we know one another. If applicable. I know that, somehow, God will supply my need and I thank you so much for playing a part in that. Please also keep us in your prayers. This has been a long and trying journey and we are looking forward to seeing the end in sight! God bless you and thank you!
I met Liz way back when she was a bouncing laughing girl. She loved teasing people even at her young age. I was friends with her brother, Steve and then the whole family. Everyone of them made me feel welcome. Liz was a delight. I am glad that I found her again after 25 some years. Bless you Elizabeth.
I met Liz back in 1985, we were members of the same Home Group at our church. I remember Liz being a happy, engaging and social. She'd organize groups to go out and have coffee or to come over to her house and watch movies. I am thankful that FaceBook came around so I could re-establish contact with her.
Elizabeth and I went to IUE together. She was always kind and willing to help another person! Now she has found a possible donor, lets help her out. Even if you can not donate share so others may be able to.
Liz and I met many years ago, and always had fond memories of Liz. We went to the same church and enjoyed her company a lot. Liz has a great heart and personality. Her faith sustains her, and her family is gives her strength. We recently reconnected via FB. Liz sent me a message asking me if I remembered her. My response was, "I have always remembered you." I hope all goes well, and you can reach your goal for your surgery.
Although i don't know Elizabeth for that long, What i do know is that she's got a big heart and is in need of support right now. Thank you all who are contributing and / or offering support in whatever means you can.