Wayne Clayton's Kidney Transplant

$810 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 11 months
I am currently in stage 5 renal failure and desperately need a kidney transplant. We are evaluating living donors and I hope to have transplant surgery in the near future. As you can imagine the expenses are enormous. Due to my previous health issues, I have been ruined financially, and I need your help.

You see, I've been battling Crohn's disease since 2004. After many months of chemotherapy, I was diagnosed with TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) a rare blood disorder. My organs began to shut down which caused pancreatitis. I was on a 24 hr death clock. During 10 days of Apheresis, a process to clear my blood, I was living in the palliative care unit. The prognosis was not good but my faith in God and the support of my family and friends pulled me through. I’ve had several bouts of malnutrition, contracted MRSA and anemia among other illnesses. In 2011, my entire colon was removed along with some really sensitive parts. Complications made the recovery a real challenge. The surgery took a team of Doctors and 11 hours to complete. I've had 6 more surgeries to correct hernias in my abdomen and obstructions in my small intestine. I have also had my ileum relocated from my right side to my left side.

Now, once again I am facing dire medical complications. My kidneys are failing. With all the trauma my body has been through, my bladder and kidneys are just giving out. I have an immediate need for a kidney. The costs are great. So much is necessary before and after surgery. The average kidney transplant costs approximately $335,000. And that’s only the beginning, even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, I will face significant expenses related to the surgery. I will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to my survival as the transplant itself. Because we must travel 200 miles from home to the transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments, we will incur substantial travel expenses for each trip.

I've never been one to ask for help, but I'm asking now. I want to be here to see my grandkids grow up. As you can tell I'm a fighter and I'm not done yet. Please consider helping me in this next journey and donate. Every little bit helps. Thank You.
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The time has finally come! I got a phone call today from the Medical University of South Carolina. Through the UNOS donor exchange program, they found me a living donor kidney! THAT'S RIGHT!

On January 9th, 2019 I will undergo a kidney transplant. This will get me off the dialysis that I'm on now. This will help save my life and improve the quality.

There are actually six people in this chain, and we will all undergo surgery at the same time! Words can't even come close to expressing my appreciation for the support I've gotten.

This past year has been another tough one, but hopefully by spring, I will be a new man... in more than a few ways!

The journey is not over... I still need the support, both in spirit and financially, of family and friends to get through this.

God has truly blessed me!
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I'm sorry for the delay in updating everyone. The fundraiser that Randy Gilstrap had on my behalf was a great success! It was great to see friends and to meet new ones. Since my last update, I've been able to work on some pre-surgery issues and moving forward with them. I have some doctor appoinments that will advance my progress toward getting a kidney transplant. I ask again for help in getting my health straightened out. You can find a link to my gofundme page here as well as the following link, if you inclined to donate a kidney. I desperately need both.


I am an O blood type and need only in O. It doesn't matter if its positive or negative. Please let me know if you are interested or have questions,

Thank you,
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Things are going well. We are still fundraising, as my friends have gone out of their way to help me get a kidney! My dear friend Randy Gilstrap has organized a poker tournament for my kidney transplant fund. I just finished another week of Dialysis and most of my blood work looks good. I am just a little high on phosphorus, so I need to eat a little less cheese and milk. My proteins are good and my iron deficiency has gotten better. Thanks again, I will try to do better keeping yall informed!
Flyer for the upcoming fundraiser!
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