Life Saving Care for Jax!

Update:  As of May 22nd, I have no choice but to "reboot" this fundraising campaign.  My beloved Jax is now 6 years old, and has been an absolute pleasure and blessing in my life.  In order to better care for him, I had to make a seemingly impossible choice and rehome his sister and litter mate, Thena, in November.
We were able to raise $4000 in 2014 to save Jax's life with PU surgery, special prescription food, and many follow-up veterinary visits for his condition, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder  (FLUTD.)
On May 22nd, 2015, he fell ill with his first (and I pray) last UTI.  The medications that treated this did not agree with his GI system, and he has been rushed to the animal ER  twice to treat the imbalance in his gut.  A heart murmur has also been detected and will need further follow-up and diagnostic testing.
Jax has a great prognosis, and remains exuberant, loving, playful and incredibly loyal.  Our bond is a unique one, as I have been living with a multitude of health challenges, and he has always looked out for me in ways I never understood possible.  His life MASSIVELY enhances my own quality of life, and I am determined to keep him happy and healthy.
The outpouring of love and support for my amazing cat has shown me how blessed we are, many times over! Thank you all so much for taking the time to help us out.  It means the world to us both!  Love and purrs,
Lauren and Jax 

Original campaign description:
My cat, Jax, is a 5 year old male with a lust for life!  Rescued at only two weeks old, I have hand raised him and his sister, Thena, from 13 ounces to 13 lbs!  He is a snuggle-bug, the most loyal and affectionate cat you could ever encounter. So unique and special, he loves to model for me, care for his sister, climb his 6' high tower...and while up at the top level, he spends his time hanging upside-down through a cutout in the center, chasing his tail!
In late December of 2013, he developed a complete urinary blockage caused by struvite crystals in his urine and had to be rushed to a veterinary hospital for surgical unblocking.  At that time, he was diagnosed with FLUTD (known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder.)  Since he is so strong willed and incredibly special, I chose to use my life savings to sustain him, though I am on a very limited, fixed income because I am unable to work, for medical reasons.
Just yesterday, he showed signs of another blockage and had to be taken to the hospital, where his urine was again checked for crystals. To my ultimate dismay, they told me that the crystal count was so high, it was off-the-charts.
Because FLUTD is a life-long condition, cats with it tend to block often and must be observed 24/7 even while on special prescription diets which can help to prevent these struvite crystals.  Despite this, Jax has still developed these deadly crystals and due to male anatomy, these crystals cannot be passed unless surgical action is taken.
The surgical procedure, Perineal Urethrostomy, is the only resolution for this life threatening disease.  Once this surgery is performed, Jax will live a long life, in COMFORT, and will be able to pass these crystals (which form stones) leaving him to enjoy his time with his sister, and with me.
This amazing cat deserves to live in comfort, and every cent donated will be going to his care.  I have so much gratitude to have had him in my life this long, and I hope to give him a better, longer life.
You have my deepest gratitude for taking the time to read this, and for any type of donation you are able to make for him.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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Lauren Hillary Herman 
Narberth, PA
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