Jade Costello was born on July 28, 2001. Her arrival was received with immeasurable joy, but it was not without complications. In her first year of life Jade needed multiple surgeries for a variety of medical conditions. At the age of 6, Jade received a lifesaving kidney transplant. In all, she has endured more than 30 surgeries and relies on a daily regimen of more than 30 medications to assist her immune system in combatting infections and allow her body to continue accepting her transplanted kidney.
Early this December, Jade experienced difficulty with her vision while driving to high school. She was admitted to Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Jade went through two brain biopsies within a week and the 2nd biopsy revealed that she was suffering from PTLD (Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder), a disorder caused by the Epstein Barr Virus and use of immunosuppressive drugs to prevent the rejection of a transplanted organ. It is extremely rare to find PTLD lesions in the brain. As a result, Jade will require weekly sessions of chemotherapy in order to prevent the disease from developing into a form of cancer. The longer term plan of treatment will require Jade to travel to Cincinnati to participate in a clinical trial for specialized treatment for CNS PTLD.
The Costellos have decided that Barb will take a leave of absence from work to be with Jade during her treatments and all of her upcoming doctor's appointments. The years of caring for Jade have left the family with substantial medical bills, which will continue to grow with her treatments for PTLD and preparing to receive another kidney transplant. Because Jade will require substantial medical care this year, both here and in Cincinnati, the Costellos are in immediate need of our help. All monies donated will be used to pay medical bills and pay for the costs of Jade's future treatments, travel expenses to and from Cincinnati, and ongoing medical care.
For those of you who have been blessed to know the Costellos, you are already aware of their upbeat and positive outlook on life and have witnessed their compassion and kindness for others. You know that their spirits and faith are unbreakable. For those of you that do not know them personally, I can share with you that each of them focuses on their blessings over their hardships, believes that they have a purpose in life and an obligation to fulfill that purpose, and trusts in God to show them the way.
If you are able, please join me in giving whatever amount you can to help the Costellos through this particularly difficult time in life. Your gift will allow them to focus their efforts on helping Jade get through this difficult time.
Jade with her big brother Chad after surgery.
Jade this summer.
Jade and her Neurosurgeon.