Billy's Medical Fund
Billy is the oldest son in a family of four that arrived from Korea when he was in 3rd grade. He is an amazing young man - responsible, bright and good natured and manages to remain polite and positive despite the weight of the burden on his shoulders. Billy’s parents speak only Korean and due to a work accident last year involving his father, Billy has become the secondary breadwinner in his household. He is his parents’ translator, his little sister’s guardian and takes care of bills, insurance and scheduling healthcare visits all while enrolled as a neuroscience major at Syracuse University. With his diagnosis, Billy must spend most of his time resting and can no longer be the rock that he has always been for his family. He is asking for food, emotional support and funds so that his family can make it through this difficult time and so, if necessary, they can carry on without him.
This Gofundme account was set up by friends of Billy and everything raised goes directly to the Kim family. Billy has influenced hundreds of people since he moved here in 3rd grade and has provided support for many others when they needed it. It is time for us to support him. Any kindness you can give – prayers, food, friendship, money, a kidney or even just sharing this message by Facebook, Twitter and text - is greatly appreciated. Contact Billy directly (email@example.com) to find out if you may be a kidney match (A+, A-, O+ or O- blood) or to arrange a food drop with his family and don’t be afraid to reach out to him directly – friendship can be the best form of support in tough times.
Billy views his friends, church, school, teachers and community as part of his large family and has shown his dedication to them many times. Let’s remember that as we support him in this difficult time.
First and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you again for your generous donations for the past year and a half. I know many of you even forgotten that you have donated to this page, to me, and to my family. I want all of you to know that I still did not forget all the love, and I never will. It's something that I never expected and i still cannot comprehend why I receieved so much love. It's just beyond me.
Besides all of that, here are couple of things:
1) My diagnosis progressed from Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4 to Stage 5 (end stage renal failure) and it made me go on dialysis three times a week, five hours each session. It's definitely difficult to function after each treatments because the body just went through a traumatic event to forcefully circulating your blood through a machine outside of the body. I would have to sleep it right off and you just feel bad afterwards. Although, it's traumatizing every time, i cannot complain because it's keeping me alive (and im afraid of needles too).
2) Im back as a full time student at Syracuse University as a pre-med, majoring in biochemistry and neuroscience since Fall of 2015 and graduate next Spring (spring 17). I realized it is best to finish school and persue a lifestyle that makes me happy. I've had my times of sulking and whining, and even though it sometimes happens today, I'm reminded to grow up and face reality. Now, I have my family and few very close friends that were there thick and thin (love you). They truly make me believe in myself and to think that I'm still the same me, even with this debilitating condition. Im happy that they are in my life.
3) Speaking of happiness, I now know and understand why being happy has become everyone's goal. It's self-realization (if that's a word); to know what you yourself truly like and love, and what you don't. I didn't have that in my childhood and high school because I wanted to be loved by all so i adhered to what everyone else wanted me to be for them. I had no confidence and self-esteem. I was a people-pleaser. And now i know that made me feel so, so weak as a person. But that's changed. I'm confident in who I am now and feel like I can live a fulfilling life.
4) That said, I no longer consider myself as a Christian. I think this is an important point to bring out because it's somehing I've fought for very long time and many of you indeed are my Christian friends. I really thought there was a god who knew all, including me. I've come to realize that this notion completely does not apply to me and my parents brainwashed me since I was young. Even my name is Ye Chan (Jesus' praise). But self-realization justified my belief in atheism. When I finally knew that I was an atheist, there was a moment of relief and my inner battle I had since middle school was over. Some may call it a phase, or I'm just angry at god, or I'm just going through a late puberty that I never had. But being an atheist makes me happy and that's all it matters.
That was a lot for a spontaneous and impromptu update. But this is the gist of what happened to me ever since I reached out to all of you. Like I said, I still and never will forget. Just wanted to give thanks.
"Live and Maintain" - from movie paid in full
Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
I'm hopeful and continuing to struggle with the main problem, which is the kidney transplant. It's a slow and frustrating progress and there are lots of components to the process which just makes it more complicated. But i'm still hopeful and optimistic that things will and are going well.
Special thanks to Anthony for creating a small video clip that pertains to my situation. Take a look!