Zach's journey for a new Kidney!

$9,912 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 219 people in 41 months
My name is Zach. My kidneys have failed. As a result I am in need of a kidney transplant. Spending two weeks in the hospital already has me owing nearly $7000. Please help me pay my hosptial and prepare for life as a transplant recipient. 

I might have told you I didn’t react emotionally when the doctor gave me the news. But I did. It just wasn’t what you’d expect.

I would imagine most people cry. I didn’t cry. I didn’t even want to. I wanted to be better. Immediately. I knew I had to do something. So I bought a web domain ( http://zachskidney.com) and began planning how to get the word out there. 

As a gift to you in return for asking for money, I have spent my days and nights since finding out about my condition with my to create an original webcomic and a compilation album of musical artists that I love, curated for you, in hopes that you can find something you connect with in one or both of them.

I am making my donor packet available to all who may want to download it. You can download it here. This packet allows you to apply to be a kidney donor for me. 


FUN FACT: My shoes hardly fit most days.

Protein is sent into the kidneys to use some of it and waste the rest. When that balance is interupted hulk feet happen. Too much protein is being wasted and not enough goes into my blood for fluids and sugers to bind with... therefore, access fluids obey gravity and go straight to my feet causing what you see in the picture. Edema. 

My kidneys are essentially pouring a glass of wine while extremely drunk into a glass in an open sink, getting more wine in the sink than in the glass. It's a shame cause this protein is vintage. 

I want my feet back. Help me get my feet back. Please, share my story. Tell your friends. If ANYONE wants to be my donor PLEASE have them download my donor packet, fill it out and start the process to see if we're a match.

Yours, 

- Zach
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I am writing this from the hospital bed. two days post transplant. I couldn't have done this without each other. I am now in the top 1% of people in this planet that have three or more kid neys. I won't let the millionaires and billionaires have the corner of the organ donation market ;)

I've also b een saying "kidney disease fucked with the wrong person " and then like I promised I will be working to make this world better than found it regarding kidney disease and. technology. We can make this place better technology and medical science.

if you have an extra couple bucks laying around throw it at me so I can try to seek out the best way to approach this problem.

love you all,

Zach
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I continue to be amazed that you all are helping me out with this... I'm so lucky to have each one of you in my life, however short our interactions have been, I'm happy to have had them. Please, spread this around so I can get healthy faster. Remember - money helps but kidneys help more: If you or a friend want to see if we are a match download my donor packet and send it in to start getting tested: zachskidney.com/my-donor-packet
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It's been about two weeks since we launched the site! I just wanted to reach out and say thank you to every single person who donated. We are far from the goal but I wanted to update everyone on where the money will be going in case there was any question: I picked 25k as an estimate because on top of the nearly 7k from being in the hospital and hitting the max on two insurances, I need to prepare for life as a transplant recipient (which means something like 13 different medications, and even with insurance, that adds up), additionally, there may be costs associated with getting someone from another state to STL for the procedure, and finally, due to my young age, I will have to go through this again at some point and time in the future... and I'd like to enter that time of my life with confidence that I can pay for everything.

Please keep sharing the website: zachskidney.com
and I know I sound like a broken record but the website is more important than raising money... because the website allows people to find out if they or friends of theirs can become donors for me.
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Thank you all for sharing my GoFundMe. Please keep sharing. Also, please share my donor packet around: http://zachskidney.com/my-donor-packet/ - While paying my bills is important to me (nobody wants to be in debt because of medical stuff) but finding a living donor will keep me around longer. and I want to be around longer.
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Zach Becker
40 months ago
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Thank you all so much. Day two has been a success! Please get the word out there, share share share. It's MORE important that I get a kidney than I raise money. If you or a friend would like to see if you are a match please visit: http://zachskidney.com/my-donor-packet/

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Raised by 219 people in 41 months
Created July 9, 2015
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33 months ago
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Dinah Rogers
34 months ago

Carry on, Zach.

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Donegan Family
36 months ago

We love you Zach! Here's to a quick recovery!

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36 months ago
Zach Becker
40 months ago
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Thank you all so much. Day two has been a success! Please get the word out there, share share share. It's MORE important that I get a kidney than I raise money. If you or a friend would like to see if you are a match please visit: http://zachskidney.com/my-donor-packet/

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