Ryan Kerr Kidney campaign - UPDATE
Hello Family, Friends, and Supporters:
First let us thank God for His mercies. We have a praise report, after a long journey of 3 years and 1 month of waiting for a kidney for my son, we are thrilled to share the news that Ryan has received his kidney! These past 3 years came with numerous challenges. There was a total of 4 live donors who were a very close match but unfortunately, they were not accepted for transplant. Ryan also underwent 12 surgeries during this journey.
He is adjusting well to the new kidney. Now that he has achieved this very important milestone, he is now faced with the next step of the journey of recovery. Over the next six months Ryan will be making several follow-up visits with the transplant team at Penn Medicine Hospital, and his personal physicians.
We want to sincerely thank each one of you for your prayers and the generous donations you have contributed during his journey. With the help of caring and love people such as yourself, your contributions played a vital role in affording him to meet his deductibles for medication, unforeseen surgeries, and doctor visits and helped to keep a roof over his family’s head.
Recovery time is accompanied with numerous out of pocket deductible expenses of approximately 25% of the comprehensive cost of this very expensive surgery. We fully understand that it is a lot to ask but we sincerely need your continued support to assist with impending bills until he can work again. Whatever you can contribute will be greatly appreciated at this time. We will continue to provide you with updates of his recovery journey from time to time.
The Kerr Family
In May 2016, life as we knew it suddenly took a detour for 36 year old Ryan Kerr and his family. With his 8-month pregnant wife and 6 year old daughter he developed symptoms of fatigue, poor appetite and weight loss. A visit to his doctor prompted lab studies which were severely abnormal. Within 24 hours he was hospitalized for blood transfusions, volumes of blood tests, a kidney biopsy and kidney dialysis (which he now has to continue for 4 hours each session, 3 days a week). The options for survival are: (1) Continue lifelong dialysis weekly, taking 9 medications, and avoiding 80% of his typical diet to prevent further damage. (2) Receive a kidney transplant. This would eliminate the need for dialysis and give him some of his life back. (3) Pray and believe for total healing. Most readers recognize that the man in this story is Ryan Kerr (who just so happens to be one of the nicest, most supportive, trustworthy and amicable people you'll ever encounter). What's most important, he's a believer in the power of God. For those of you, who believe in the power of prayer and divine healing, please remember Ryan and his family in your prayers. In the meantime we need to rally around this our son/brother/friend/family and be prepared to fight with him.
Ryan Kerr is the oldest of two sons who has currently lost total functionality of both his kidneys and is solely dependent on dialysis to filter his blood to rid his body of harmful waste. Not to mention the strict diet that he has to follow and the numerous medications he has to take every day.
This campaign is intended to raise funds to help meet the cost of the impending high medical and personal bills that he will be incurring due to this extraordinary an very unusual circumstances. With your generosity and willingness to contribute, we can fight for the survival of Ryan, his wife and the two precious girls. We are asking that you find it in your heart to donate to this worthy and important cause today.
God bless you.
The Kerr Family
He is seeking medical help with the Neuropathy and damaged nerves in his hands and feet that will help to ease the constant excruciating pain. It is painful enough to endure the weakness, nausea and cramping that accompany each dialysis visit.
He needs your help because he found a medical facility that provides pain management. However, the home equipment and in office therapies cost approximately $8,000.00. As you are all aware Ryan cannot work at the moment and depend on your donations.
Your past donations have helped him a great deal and he is very thankful for thoughtfulness in his time of need.
Would you please show Ryan your continued love by donating whatever you can so he can at least ease the constant prickling, burning pain he tries to endure every day.
Thank you so much in advance.
So it has been a long journey. A lot has happened since the last update. We have had quite a few potential live donors that made it to the last round of testing and they all fell through. All for different reasons but that’s something I just have to accept. So many doctor visits, more than I ever realized I would have to contend with - Hematologist, Rheumatologist, Pain Management, Podiatrist, Nephrologist, Vascular surgeon, the list goes on. I have dropped from 21 pills 3 times a day to 9 pills 3 times a day, and I thank God for it. But I didn’t realize the financial toll it takes to maintain. Everyone has blessed me to help me and my family stayed afloat for the first year and a half and for that I am eternally grateful. I am humbly reaching out again to those who know me and even those who do not. With my wife bringing in the only income, my 2 & 9 year old girls unknowing of our situation, I am humbly asking for everyone’s help again. I am known to be a VERY proud Jamaican man, but I have to look beyond me and request for help from wherever I can get it. I thank any and everyone who is able to give. And believe that when I get a kidney and get back on my feet, I will reciprocate it back tenfold. I thank and love you all! #MyKidneysFailedButMyGodHasnt
My son Ryan is still desperately in need of a new kidney. He goes to dialysis 4 days a week, 4 hours for each dialysis run. Although dialysis is a lifesaving treatment for Ryan it comes with many side effects including low blood pressure, muscle cramps, itchy skin, exhaustion, just to name a few.
We are pursuing a living donor for two main reasons, (but there are many others,) kidneys from living donors last, on average, twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors, and the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney could be more than 5 years. One of the most obvious benefits is that you can save a life, or drastically improve the quality of life Ryan.
He is now registered on the New Jersey kidney donation list. Would you please consider giving the Gift of Love, Life and hope? Please visit the website below to fill out the referral form online. The website contains valuable information available about the living donor process. If you still need additional information or clarification, please call St. Barnabas Hospital Living Donor Institute at 973-322-5346 Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and ask for the Transplant Coordinator. Let them know about your interest in being a living donor to one of their patients, and you will not have to disclose Ryan’s name at that time.
Thank you for your support.
Please visit the websites below to complete an eligibility form.
Penn Medicine (UPenn) Kidney Donor Screening Application
Robert Wood Johnson Kidney Donor Screening Application
Thank you for your consideration and may God continue to bless you!
The Kerr Family