BRAD’S TRANSPLANT GOAL
Hello Dear Friends,
Son of US ARMY RANGER , SGM(R) Wendell Suiter[RANGER REX], Raymond (Brad) Suiter, is facing a Pancreas/Kidney Transplant. Please, take a moment to hear his story.
In July of 1984, we were transitioning to Ft. Benning, GA, for then SSG, SGM (R) "RANGER REX" Wendell R. Suiter, who was chosen to be one of the first RANGERS for 3D RANGER BATTALION. Our 2-year-old son, Brad, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes during this transition. I can still remember looking at his tiny arm, thinking to myself, “How can I put a needle in this tiny thing?” Yet, this wasn’t about ‘me’. It was and still is, about keeping him alive.
BRAD…..If you’ve never met him, he’s one of the sweetest guys! Let me share a little about him.
At 4 years old, we took him to join a soccer team, hoping to channel some of his limitless energy. I can still see his light brown hair as he ran like the wind across the field! Making GOALS was his love for many years, despite his need for 4+ shots a day, constant finger pricks and numerous sleepless nights. As an adult, his heart turned from the soccer field to the auto mechanic field. For years he was one of Goodyear’s leading technicians at his store. Now his GOAL is for a transplant. His GOAL is for LIFE!
Unfortunately, Type 1 Diabetes or as some refer to it, Juvenile Diabetes, has taken a sad toll on his body over the years. In 2015, mom (Susie) found him unconscious, literally moments from death, on the floor of his apartment. God laid his hands on him that night and allowed him to stay. Since then, he has lost one eye due to Diabetic Retinopathy and is now on nightly Peritoneal Dialysis due to Advanced Renal Failure. Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death today. Brad refuses to be part of those statistics!
The MARVELOUS NEWS is that he is on the Pancreas/Kidney Transplant List!!!
Transplants! WOW! Therefore, I am coming to you for your support. The costs of his medical requirements will rapidly become astronomical! Anti-rejection drugs, alone, will cost nearly $8,000+ per month for the rest of his life (which we aim for it to be a long one!). Transportation to and from the Transplant Center and housing (he will have to live near the center for 2-3 months after surgery) and a plethora of miscellaneous expenses. Some of these expenses will ONLY be covered, partially and for a brief time, after transplant. Much will not.
Please, consider a donation(s) to help BRAD reach his GOAL for a healthy and productive LIFE!
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