For those of you that have ever dealt with medical issues in your family or with friends you know the amount of emotion and stress that goes along with it. Financial issues always seem to pop up at the worst of times and adding those to these situations is never good for those involved. This fund is set up with the intention of giving Scott and Jacqueline some relief from any of these possibilities as Scott fights through another health battle.
THE START OF THE JOURNEY - For those of you who don't know, in June of 2011 Scott was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer that had spread to his liver, lungs, and lymph nodes. While he successfully kicked cancer's ass, unfortunately, the chemo left Scott with only 45% kidney function. Over the past 8 years his kidney has slowly gotten worse, and today he is in end-stage renal failure and in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
Scott’s surgery will be a bit more complex. He’ll be in the hospital for 7-10 days and there will be A LOT of various medicines he will be given, some to be weaned off of before discharge. Unfortunately, he will be on two immune-suppressant drugs for the rest of his life. These will ensure his body will not fight off the kidney. These meds do have a very slight change in causing cancer: both skin cancer and lymphoma. The chances are slight… but it is a reality. Once he is discharged he will need to go to clinic 2x a week for the next 3 months or so and then things will start spacing out. For the first 3 weeks, he will need to with someone 24/7 in case of emergency, someone to take him to all of these appointments. He will need to be constantly tested to make sure his body isn’t refusing the kidney and sometimes some meds need to be adjusted if they feel something funky is going on. For the 1st year there will be a lot of monitoring but after 4 weeks he can typically go right back to his normal lifestyle.
Calling all Superheros! Are you type O or A and want to see if your kidney is a match for Scott?
Here is a link to the pre-screening that gets the whole process started: https://bwh.donorscreen.org/register/donate-kidney
(Scott Tkachuk DOB is 8/15/77)
I know this is a lot to digest, and a lot to ask… but Scott’s life depends on it… and we know Scott would do absolutely anything for the people that he loves, no questions asked!