Recently Jordan came down with what was first thought to be a bad case of the flu, but his condition began to worsen. Despite being terribly ill, Jordan, being the dedicated teacher that he is, refused to miss school to go to the doctor. When Kati was finally able to convince Jordan to go to the emergency room, it was discovered that Jordan's blood pressure was alarmingly high and he was in complete renal failure. Unfortunately, things began to go downhill for Jordan quickly, and after many tests, procedures, a blood transfusion, over a week in the hospital, and many more complications, Jordan began dialysis and the healing process. This has been a very difficult time for these two wonderful people and a complete adjustment to their lifestyle. This is a hereditary condition and certainly nothing Jordan could have prevented.
As soon as Jordan is stable he will need a kidney transplant, and he has a long and difficult road ahead of him. Not only has this been a life-changing experience for the Pypers, but the medical costs will continue to add up. It is estimated the cost of dialysis begins at $15,000 a month.
Jordan and Kati have been an inspiration to so many individuals throughout the years that it is hard to even comprehend the amount of good they have brought into the world. As is common with teachers, we as a community are always trying to find a way to repay them for their goodness, their time, their love, and the difference they have made for our children. When thinking of the Pypers, it is difficult to even fathom the lasting impact these two will have.
For so many of us, while we wish it were under different circumstances, we are grateful to have a chance to repay a sliver of the debt of gratitude that we owe to these amazing people.
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