Jesse's Kidney Transplant Fund

We are starting this gofundme page to raise money for Jesse Shearer's kidney transplant. Jesse and I have been best friends since we were kids. He is going to be the best man at my wedding in October. He has given me decades of adventure, intelligent conversation, and brotherly love. Now we're gonna give back.
How did this happen?
As many of you may or may not know, Jesse has been battling End Stage Renal Disease for a few years now. This is an outgrowth of a childhood case of E. Coli which has culminated in complete renal failure.  Approximately two years ago he began Haemodialysis three times a week for 4 hours at a time. He has since transitioned to  Peritoneal Dialysis at home which entails him being hooked to a dialysis machine for 11 hours every day. At this point his only options are dialysis and transplant. A transplant is the only long term treatment. But it is difficult, prohibitively expensive, and will require life-long aftercare. So this page is a call for help. Please join us in our support of Jesse!

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Quality of life.
After graduating from St. John's College, Jesse dedicated himself to conservation, volunteering with Americorps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and the Student Conservation Association, building up experience and moving towards a career with the National Park Service throughout the Southwest. His entire life was dedicated to the outdoors. He is literally the last person I can think of who would want to be inside, tied to a machine for up to 12 hours each day.
Aside from that the massive discomfort and pain involved with End Stage Renal Disease is unbelievably physically and mentally taxing. But Jesse is a fighter. He has a strong support system of family and friends coming together to support this cause and frankly he is the most stubborn person I know. He's never given in to any challenge in his life and he's not starting now. 

What does your donation do?
So here's the deal. Health care in the United States is expensive. Like reallllllly expensive. While some of the costs will be covered through insurance there are a million and one extra expenses associated with the day to day process of undergoing a kidney transplant. These include travel, food and housing, prescriptions, and other necessities. Your donations will go directly to Jesse to help defray the endless expenses associated with his chronic illness.

In the last few years there has been a crowd funding craze. So many people are asking for money for so many things. I've always been wary of using a crowd funding campaign for anything because I come from a do it yourself figure it out back ground. So when I say that we need your help understand that I don't take it lightly. Jesse is my best friend on this entire planet. I've never met another person like him and I love him more than most other human beings. Your support would mean the absolute world to not only Jesse but also to his family and also to me. Thank you so much for your time and effort. 

Keep up with Jesse's ongoing journey on Facebook here!

Donations

  • Joan Elmore 
    • $100 
    • 29 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • Valda Hagan 
    • $30 
    • 38 mos
  • Stuart Taylor 
    • $25 
    • 39 mos
  • Richard Ferrier 
    • $50 
    • 39 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Jeff Hill 
Organizer
Valdosta, GA
Carrie Shearer 
Beneficiary
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