Matthew was diagnosed with a kidney condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis in September of 2014. Since then he has had numerous appointments with specialists and is responding well to the standard treatment. 75% of patients with this condition progress to kidney failure. We recently found out that a genetic test can possibly tell us what is causing his disease and test for another disease that the doctors would like rule out called Fabry’s disease. The doctors tell us that if this test is positive for genetic factors contributing to his condition, knowing this information now can significantly improve his prognosis. It will tell us if we need to be more aggressive with his therapies or if his current method of care is a good plan. If we wait to see if the condition progresses to kidney failure without knowing if there is a genetic component and do not start these new therapies it will be too late. Unfortunately, the genetic testing required is not covered by Matthew’s insurance and carries a price tag of $2000. They tell me if we can come up with most of the money, we can enroll in a payment plan for the rest. We are grateful to those that can help contribute to the cost of this test, as well as those who can contribute prayers for healing and complete remission of this disease. Anyone who know’s Matthew knows that he is special and so full of joy and life! I cannot even begin to imagine my life without him in it and want to do whatever I can to ensure he has the best care possible.