In fond memory of Brad Johnson

Several years ago, Brad was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (kidney failure).  To live, he had to have dialysis three times a week and make major lifestyle changes - he was no longer able to work and had to go on Social Security Disability, had to go to countless doctor appointments, follow a strict diet and take several medications among other things.  Through it all, Brad remained his happy, cheerful self.

Brad's mom (my friend) Elizabeth had a great relationship with him.  She wanted Brad to have the best possible life and made sure he never felt like an invalid.  With his reduced income, he was forced to move into housing that was not conducive to him maintaining a good, healthy life. 

Although Elizabeth lived in a seniors apartment building for reasonable rent, she asked Brad if he would consider getting an apartment together. 

They would share the rent at their new apartment complex, giving him a much healthier place to live. It also gave Elizabeth peace of mind knowing Brad was in a better living environment.  Sacrificing her own independence was never a question - what mother wouldn't do anything for her child regardless of age. For over 6 years, they lived in their new apartment enjoying life.

Unfortunately, things changed over the past several months.  Brad tripped while out for a walk and cut his leg.  Due to his compromised immune system, his "minor" cuts became a more serious situation.  His leg became red and painful.  He was admitted into the hospital in early July and diagnosed with cellulitis, which if left untreated can be fatal to someone with kidney failure. 

The doctors tried controlling the infection with antibiotics but needed to keep increasing the dosage and strength. 

Other health issues starting showing up and extended his stay in the hospital.  After almost 7 weeks in the hospital, Brad seemed to finally turn the corner.  Elizabeth received a call from his doctor on Friday stating that Brad was doing great and they were making arrangements to move him to a rehab facility to help him regain his strength in preparation for him to return home.  Needless to say, Elizabeth was elated that Brad was finally coming home! 

Two days later, on a Sunday afternoon, Elizabeth received a call from the doctor.  Her world was shattered - Brad had been found unresponsive in his room and they were unable to resuscitate him.  After so many years of fighting kidney failure, his body could no longer fight.

Despite her grief, Elizabeth handled his final arrangements including cremation.  She has had to contact his doctors, dialysis center, etc and relive this nightmare with each one, hearing wonderful things they had to say about Brad but hurting that much more.  A parent should never have to bury their child and his loss is unimaginable. 

Now, after paying for everything and handling all the legal items, the reality of her depleted savings set in.  The rent that she shared with Brad was now hers to pay on a fixed income.  She is locked into her lease for 10 more months and is worried about how she will be able to pay. 

I am asking for any type of financial assistance you are able to offer.  My hope is to raise enough money for Elizabeth to fulfill her financial obligation on her current lease and have enough to move back into the seniors apartment building she left 6 years ago to help her son.  I would like to give her some peace of mind so that she doesn't have to worry about finances.  This is a time when she should be remembering all the wonderful times she has shared with Brad, her funny, kind and loving son, and not having sleepless nights fretting about money.  Please help in any way you can.


  • Dan Houlihan 
    • $200 
    • 27 d

Organizer and beneficiary

Lori Breslow 
Charleston, SC
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