I just want to live my life without this horrendous disease so that I can continue to create my love inspired art, poetry, music and writings, to make this world a better place for as long as possible. I am a fighter and I cannot let this disease win. Life is too beautiful and I'm not done living yet.
I need a liver transplant and it costs upward of $735,000 in the first year alone (Source: National Foundation for Transplants ). This is then followed by a lifetime of tens of thousands of dollars per year for medications and follow up care. As it is, our healthcare system is incredibly broken. Its dirty little secret is that even if you go to an in-network ER or hospital, a large portion of the doctors, radiologists, technicians, etc who work there DO NOT ACTUALLY WORK FOR THE HOSPITAL! They are contractors and they do NOT take insurance. Not one of the doctors who saw me at the ER turned out to be in-network, and, even worse, they are the ones who then get assigned to manage my case throughout each entire hospital stay. Many of the specialists who saw me daily throughout each of my hospital stays turned out to be out-of-network contractors! The massive bills I later received were completely unexpected and outrageous. I have applied the GoFundMe funds received to those bills anew still have unpaid medical bills in the five figures!
I desperately need financial help in order to continue the fight for my life. I can’t work and am already in debt from the uninsured portions of my medical bills to date. My fiancé and caregiver, Emily, couldn't work for a year because she was taking care of me 24/7 during the worst of it - which meant zero income for the both of us. We urgently need financial assistance to pay for the outrageous medical costs associated with pre-transplant, transplant and post-transplant care, as well as my oustanding medical debt and expenses.
Having been on the brink of death, I have become a new person. It changed me. All I see is beauty around me. All I carry is love in my heart. Every moment of every day, every breath I draw, is a gift. I need to share this love with every human being I can until my days are up. That is why I was put here. That is my purpose.
I have been blessed in more ways than I can count with a partner whom I adore. She has been my caregiver, my support, my muse, my infinite love, my everything. Emily is my rock. Hands down, meeting her and loving her has been the greatest gift of my life.
If you can donate to this campaign, I will be forever grateful for the chance you are giving me at a longer and healthier life. Whether you can donate or not, please share this link with everyone you know who might want to help. I'm a guy with too much love to give to just slip quietly into the night.
BTW, for those who want proof that I truly need a transplant, (as there are a lot of scams on GoFundMe) here's a pic of my medical bracelet from my most recent checkup at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital:
In the horrific event that I lose my fight to this horrendous disease, any remaining funds would go towards unpaid medical bills, funeral and burial costs. The remainder will be donated to the American Liver Foundation in my memory.
Donations, prayers, shares far and wide, and good wishes are greatly appreciated! You can also donate via PayPal.
BTW - You can view some of my mixed-media abstract art at BrianKesselring.com and here is the link to my new FB page, The Art, Poetry, Writings, and Musings of Brian Kesselring , where I will regularly be sharing some of my poetry, more recent artwork, and writings with you!
Click "See updates" if you'd like to read the open letter I wrote to the Senate.
Much gratitude from the both of us!
- Curtis Blackmore
- Dave Fiorante
- Lorna Brown
- Bettye Columbo
- David Anderson
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