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Lance's Living Kidney Donation

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Raised by 58 people in 7 months
Created August 20, 2018
I am starting this fundraiser for a man I consider a true friend, Lance Allen. Lance is married to my paralegal Melissa Allen.  Lance and Melissa have six children combined.  The two  youngest beautiful girls, ages 9 and 7, love to visit our office. Over the last several years I have had the pleasure of getting to know Lance and Melissa’s family. Lance is the type of person that is the first to lend a hand to anyone for anything.

However, this time Lance is not just lending a hand to a friend in need but is selfishly donating a kidney at a lot of his own expense, both financially and physically.

A little background: Lance is in electronic health records sales and met Michael Alfieri, a sales rep as well, while attending an employee conference. 

A few months into their friendship, Lance learned Michael was dying of kidney failure. Since Michael did not have a direct donor match or someone in his family who was eligible to donate, he would have to be placed on a long wait list. Michael’s kidneys were basically non-functioning and the doctors literally could not understand medically why he was still able to move around.

To ensure Michael a kidney in time to save his life, Lance volunteered to donate one of his kidneys - NOT TO MICHAEL - but to a pure stranger so that Michael would be moved up on a list and immediately receive a kidney.

Lance contacted the Mayo Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, close to where Michael lives and the location of his treatment. Subsequently, after completing paperwork, Lance flew out to Mayo for in-depth testing to determine if he was compatible and healthy enough to donate a kidney. Lance also underwent psychological evaluations. The staff at Mayo essentially tried to talk him out of the donation to determine just how committed he was to his decision. Lance wasn’t found to be a direct match for Michael and was given the option to be a Paired Kidney Donor. Essentially, if Lance donated a living kidney on Michael’s behalf, Michael would automatically receive a living kidney from another Paired Donor.  Lance readily agreed to be a Paired Donor.

Mayo approved Lance as a donor and surgery has been scheduled for September 11, 2018.

Melissa shared with me that Lance’s mother passed away from breast cancer when he was only 22 years old and that his oldest sister passed away shortly after from complications of the flu. Lance felt helpless at that time in his life. Even though Michael’s need for a kidney is not the same circumstance, Lance feels that in this case he is able to save the life of someone he loves.

I started this fundraiser to help Lance and Melissa without having the added financial stress.  All medical expenses are covered by Michael’s insurance, but travel for Lance and Melissa to Jacksonville, hotel for ten days, rental car, etc. as well as time off work are at Lance’s expense. The Allen’s fully anticipated taking on the financial burden on their own and have never once complained or asked for financial help.   I decided that if Lance was willing to donate a kidney I would be willing to start of GoFundMe Page and donate and ask others for assistance as well. 

At the beginning of the donation process, Lance incurred approximately $3,000 in expenses (airline, lodging, transportation, wage loss) to attend a week-long testing/evaluation at Mayo in Jacksonville, Florida.  In less than three weeks, Lance will incur much more. I believe there are many of you who may feel compelled to help lessen the financial burden for Lance as he proceeds with this incredible, selfless act. It is my understanding by law, organ donors cannot financially benefit from donating. If we are able to raise money in excess of Lance’s actual expenses, any residual will be donated to Michael Alfieri’s expenses and/or The National Kidney Foundation. Lance’s transplant coordinator at Jacksonville Mayo Clinic is Christine Schneider if anyone wishes to verify the facts or has questions about the Shared Donor Program. Phone: 904-956-3249.

The Allens ask for your prayers for all the families involved in the upcoming surgery.

Thank you for your consideration. 

Grant G. Alvine
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It has been awhile since I posted an update, so here it goes...GOD IS SO GOOD!!! All the time!!! Both surgeries were successful! Michael and Lance are recovering. Michael's new kidney is WORKING! Please continue to hold him in your thoughts and prayers as his body is trying to get used to all the new meds he is on. It has been pretty rough for him but yet he never complains. His strength and will power is downright incredible. Soon he will be back to feeling "normal" again! Lance's heart is so full for being a part of this journey. He feels pretty good after surgery but is still pretty exhausted. Like Michael, he doesn't complain. He's not feeling the best quite yet as his lone kidney bean is taking over the job its partner used to help it do. The only difficult part for Lance is not being able to work the week of surgery and while he is recovering. Of course with that, comes financial stress. But I have faith it will all work out. Thank you ALL for blessing and loving us. Godspeed :)

Below is a pic of Michael, Lance and Dr. Perry - she performed both of the surgeries! She is a rockstar!!!
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Jennifer Alfieri’s post:
#kidneytransplant is working! Look @ his levels! Creatinine is chemical waste in his blood. Notice the normal range & his levels since feb 2017. Now he is almost in the normal range in just 3 days! Also his phosphorus is in the normal range which is what made him so itchy all the time! That kidney is in there working hard! Thank you Lance Allen for saving Michaels life. Sept. 6 was transplant day. #kidneytransplantrecipient #newlife #hahahahastayinalive
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Michael has a new kidney! I wanted to give an update that his surgery has been complete. What people may not know is that he almost was not able to have surgery. While he was doing his pre-op yesterday, the surgeon was concerned that he was too anemic/sick to handle the surgery and for a brief moment told him he had to wait. Anyone who knows Michael will tell you he never lets on how sick he really is. He was in dire straits but the surgery was able to continue by the grace of God! This guy is amazingly tough and I had no doubt he was going to get out of this healthy. He handled surgery well and started the mess to help his body accept the healthy kidney. Today was rough for him - he has had a lot of nausea and vomiting. Hopefully he has a restful night and has a better day tomorrow. He better hurry up and feel better because Lance is coming to town soon! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all for your thoughts and prayers to help my brother get through this.

Lance Allen
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All the prayers, encouraging words and donations mean so much to all of us. We are simply humbled and blessed beyond measure. There are truly no words adequate to express our gratitude.

Below is an illustration that Michael's wife shared with us depicting how the Paired Exchange works. It's pretty amazing! A surgeon from the Mayo Clinic told Lance there has been up to 13 "chains" in a Paired Exchange!

Michael gets his kidney on September 6!!!!! 8 days!!! We are beyond excited for Michael, Jen and their entire family!!!!! Lance is a truly a HERO for donating a kidney on Michael's behalf; Michael is a HERO for all he has patiently endured since being diagnosed with kidney failure. Two amazing men!!!
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