Marc Kammerzell, saving a life

28624300_15219206880_r.jpegBy the age of 20, I had seen cancer diagnoses turn into death sentences and watched helplessly as the disease ravaged five close family members.  I had always wanted to be able to do something to help my family members while they struggled with chemo and radiation treatments.  There was nothing that I could do but watch as they were eaten alive from the inside out. 

The single toughest bout with cancer would come through my maternal grandmother.  She lost her battle in October of 2016.  Then, in June of 2017, my father was diagnosed with colon cancer.  Within 4 weeks my father-in-law was given a cancer diagnosis as well.  Rectal cancer and stage 4 lung cancer. 

My wife and I are in the middle of that walk with these two incredibly strong men.  My father battled through 8 months of chemotherapy and his cancer is now in remission.  My father-in-law is still in the middle of that fight, taking poison into his body with every treatment.  Again, I am sidelined as a spectator in this fight.

Through our church, I met a man named Bob, who was part of our prayer team.  I hadn't had much interaction with him personally, only enough to know he was very kind, but aside from that, there wasn’t much more than friendly small talk.  By means of a t-shirt, he wore one evening I learned he was battling kidney disease and in desperate need of a kidney transplant.  With careful consideration and conversation with my wife and children, I decided to step into this situation as a living kidney donor. 

I’ve gone through the testing and have been cleared as a donor.  I have one hurdle remaining.  I am the sole provider for my family.  The recovery process will include 4 weeks of which, I will be physically unable work.  I am asking for help from our community to support my family as I step into this role as a living kidney donor to help save Bob's life. 

My wife and I founded Let Your Light Shine almost a year ago. Let Your Light Shine is a mobile homeless outreach, which is a non-profit organization that my salary currently keeps in operation. Your support will not only help keep a roof over our heads but also allow us to continue to serve the community that depends on us.  

My family and I know that you have many choices when deciding who you will support,  and want you to know how much we greatly appreciate anything you can give. No amount is too small.  We are simply looking to raise enough money to cover the amount of income I will lose during my time away from work while helping Bob. Thank you in advance for allowing me to share my story. 
If you would like to learn more about Bob's story and journey, you can do so by following the link below. 

http://www.kidneymiracle.com/

Donations

  • Spencer Cowen 
    • $25 
    • 23 mos
  • Carol Gettle 
    • $250 
    • 23 mos
  • Ivadean Herter 
    • $25 
    • 23 mos
  • Martin & Janis Keesy 
    • $100 
    • 23 mos
  • Charles Keesy 
    • $100 
    • 23 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Spring Archuleta-Perez 
Organizer
Aurora, CO
Marc Kammerzell 
Beneficiary
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