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Marcus Albers

$25,535 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 727 people in 2 months
Created March 27, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Whitney Mclean
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Marcus was diagnosed with liver disease after birth and is currently in the ICU awaiting a liver transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  Funds raised will be used by Marcus’ family to cover medical expenses.  If medical expenses are less than the amount raised, the remainder will be donated to an organ donation charity.

*** Due to the overwhelming response of individuals willing to be screened as a donor, they are no longer accepting additional inquiries. ***

If you’re interested in general information and FAQ about the process of living donation, please visit:   www.americantransplantfoundation.org 

Please keep Marcus in your prayers as we await news that a perfect match has been found.  Tony, Whitney, and Dominic thank you for your continued support!  ❤️
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Marcus’ mother, Whitney, asked that I share this with you... ❤️

https://fox6now.com/2019/04/10/family-announces-baby-marcus-passed-away-in-our-arms-while-awaiting-liver-transplant/

MILWAUKEE — The family of Marcus Albers, the 5-month-old baby who was awaiting a liver transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, announced on Wednesday, April 10 the baby “passed away peacefully in our arms, with his caring doctors, loving nurses and amazing staff by his side.”

Marcus suffered from Immunodeficiency 47 — a rare genetic disorder — with just 12 known cases in the world passed down through the mother. Only baby boys are at risk of showing symptoms.

His parents, Whitney and Tony Albers, said April 2 Marcus had just weeks to live without a donor — making a public plea for help — as their baby lived with liver failure.

The disease essentially attacks the liver — giving patients just weeks to live. Unable to donate part of their own livers Marcus’ parents found a donor, but shortly before the transplant was scheduled for April 2, they received devastating news. It was not a perfect match. They were back to square one.

The family issued this statement Wednesday:

“Thank you to the thousands of people who graciously volunteered to be a living donor for baby Marcus. We want to especially thank the individual(s) that were screened and selected for transplant, but ultimately did not qualify. There was no disappointment from us. The donor’s health was just as important as Marcus’. However, our disappointment does lie with the living donor screening process. There should have been a better system in place to handle the large volume of selfless people attempting to call and be screened. This would have made it more likely that Marcus would have matched with multiple qualified living donors. Due to the limitations of this screening process, Marcus became too ill for surgery while waiting for matches. He passed away peacefully in our arms with his caring Doctors, loving nurses, and amazing staff by his side.”

“Our son would have been so proud at the overwhelming attention given to children waiting for organs. Unfortunately, his organs were not healthy enough to donate. Please consider adding your name to the Wisconsin Donor Registry at donatelifewisconsin.org to help other children like Marcus. He has touched so many people. Keep him and his brother Dominic in your thoughts and prayers. All of you will be kept in ours. Thank you again.”

–Anthony, Whitney, and Dominic Albers

Meanwhile, a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin issued this statement:

“Our care teams are grieving with the Albers. Their family is in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy. Nobody should have to endure the loss of a child.”

“We are grateful for how our community stepped forward in such a remarkable way to support the Albers family. Thousands of individuals signed up to be evaluated as potential donors.”


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“Currently, there is no national database for living liver donors. Our transplant team spent countless hours following a rigorous process used by programs across the country to identify potential donors.”

“As of January 2019, there are more than 113,000 candidates for transplant on the U.S. national waiting list. To add your name to the deceased donor registry list, please go to donatelifewisconsin.org.”

–The Transplant Center, a joint program of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
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It is with immense sadness that I report that Marcus passed away this morning at 4am. He was comfortable and peaceful. These past 2 weeks Marcus’ family has felt your support through thousands of donor inquiries, in addition to your charitable donations and countless thoughts & prayers. Thank you all for the care and concern you have genuinely expressed for Marcus. Please continue to keep Tony, Whitney, and Dominic in your prayers during this difficult time. ❤️
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Thank you all for your continued support of Marcus and his family! I have reconfirmed that no additional donor inquires are needed at this time. I will post another update when I am provided with further information to share. In the meantime, please continue praying for Marcus, Tony, Whitney, and Dominic. ❤️
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Due to the overwhelming response of individuals willing to be screened as a donor, they are no longer accepting additional inquiries. This is encouraging news!
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Raised by 727 people in 2 months
Created March 27, 2019
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on behalf of Whitney Mclean
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