A Kidney & Spare Change Welcome!

33282418_1538010417642119_r.jpegMy brother-in-law Chad, sister Natalie and their two beautiful kiddos Preston (7) and Addie (5) are in need of your support. "Chad-Man" Tyler, as my girls like to refer to him, is a true superhero. Chad has spent a majority of last 43 years of life battling a congential heart defect that he was born with and received surgery for at age 3, he diligently fought through his initial heart transplant at age 17 and another combined heart/kidney transplant at age 26, and faced all of these obstacles with strength, humor and perseverance. 
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In the fall of 2017, Chad was told by doctors at the Mayo Clinic that his one remaining kidney was not functioning properly. Due to the numerous anti-rejection medications that he takes daily, Chad was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease and told that a kidney transplant would be required in order for him to survive. In recent months, Chad was placed on the National Kidney Registry and is now awaiting a donor match.  Unfortunately, he faced a setback in recent weeks with a diagnosis of oral shingles, leading to severe dehydration that further damaged his kidney. CHAD IS NOW IN FULL KIDNEY FAILURE, AND IN DESPERATE NEED OF A TRANSPLANT! FOLLOW THE LINK TO LEARN MORE...

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chadwicktyler

Chad and Natalie find it difficult to ask others for help, and have been trying to fight this battle quietly and on their own. At this point, neither of them can bear the weight of their every day financial and emotional stressors, and the challenges which lie ahead. Therefore, they have given me permission to share Chad's story and ask for your help.

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The transplant process is long, complicated and costly for both the transplant donor and recipient; with multiple visits to Mayo Clinic prior to a transplant, and overwhelming care post-transplant. Chad will need to remain living in close proxemity to Mayo after his surgery for at least a month to be monitored and receive post-surgical therapies. This living expense is not covered by medical insurance & will put additional financial strain on their family. Both he and his donor (living donor) will be recovering for several weeks and unable to work.

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At this point, Chad is working intermittently ( as his health allows) and does not intend to return to work full-time until after his transplant. I know that Natalie and Chad would like to help out the donor family as much as possible, for their selfless act and giving Chad the gift of life. Funds donated through this site will be shared with the donor's family, and used to support their pre and post transplant journey.


My hope is that we can join together as a community to support Chad, Natalie, Addie and Preston during this extremely difficult time. Your generous contribution will help diminish the weight of the financial burdens  faced by both Chad's and the kidney donor's families.  Eliminating this stress will allow for their families to focus on a healthy recovery for both patients. 

If you know Chad personally, you know that he has never let his illness define him.  He lives each day to its fullest, and always puts others before himself. He is a loving husband, devoted daddy, a thoughtful son, a dependable brother, the funny uncle, and a lifelong friend. He is selfless by nature, hardworking, strong, a self-taught musician, a lover of slap-stick comedies, a trivia buff, an avid golfer, and most importantly an INSPIRATIONAL SURVIVOR!!!
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On behalf of Chad, Natalie, Preston, Addie and our entire family THANK YOU for your love and support.

-Nicole 

"Donors, contributors and their families are the true heroes for their selfless acts of kindness, and for the greatest gift which is the "gift of life", and for that, I am forever grateful." - Chad Tyler

~Even if you are unable to donate we would greatly appreciate it if you could share this link through social media. We hope to reach as many people as possible.~
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Fundraising team: Chad's Kidney Kampaign (5)

Nicole Norsted-Heimer 
Organizer
Raised $800 from 7 donations
St. Paul, MN
Natalie Tyler 
Beneficiary
Ribin Norsted 
Team member
Raised $1,250 from 5 donations
Jeff Norsted 
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Raised $250 from 3 donations
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