Where to begin?
Well, to know him is to love him.
Jesse works in radio. He has been the Brand Manager, Chief Engineer, and an On-Air Personality at 860 AM/94.1 FM WSBS and WSBS.com for 12 years now. He's wanted to work in radio ever since he can remember, and he loves going to his dream job every morning, even if he does have to go to work before the sun does to serve as the morning show host.
Jesse is a drummer, music and horror movie enthusiast, wrestling fan, water-lover, wedding DJ, and an avid rock concert attendee. He also loves spending time with his wife, best friend, and partner-in-crime, Amber (LaGess). Amber and Jesse met in high school and have been having the best time together ever since. Jesse is also grateful for his family: Linda, Mike, Carol, Harry, Gail, Andrew, Scott, Sherry, Laurie, Todd, Chris, Brody, Stanley, Tess, Gary, Fran, and Dean.
Jesse was born with a genetic condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease. It causes cysts to grow all over the kidneys, decreasing their ability to function, and causing the patient to either go on dialysis or get a kidney transplant from a deceased or living donor. Jesse's kidney function began to decrease more rapidly than expected four years ago. Two years ago Jesse was activated on the kidney transplant list. The average wait time for a kidney from a deceased donor is five to seven years!
Jesse has worked hard to try to stay off dialysis. He lost over 100 pounds with diet and exercise. He also tried many holistic therapies like acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, etc. Only so much can be done to slow the progression of this disease.
TodayJesse is incredibly blessed to have a living donor who is a match. There truly are angels in this world and Jesse's donor is one! The transplant surgery was successfully executed on October 25, 2017. Your donation will support paying for the expenses associated with the transplant:
-Out-of-pocket Medical Expenses
Thank you for supporting Jesse and Amber in meeting these expenses. Your gift is so appreciated and truly makes a difference! May you be blessed for your generosity.
- Judith Thompson
- Steve, Pat, Matt, and Clara McConnell
- Jane Bernhardt
Organizer and beneficiary
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