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My name is Leah and I am a wife, mom, daughter, niece and friend — I fall under so many umbrellas. I live in Denver and I am writing this letter today as a niece to my uncle. My mom’s side of the family has been plagued with kidney issues – especially her brothers, two of whom are battling kidney disease. The son of my one uncle will donate a kidney to his dad – my other uncle has small children who cannot be considered donors. I am going to be the living donor to this uncle. Without a kidney transplant, neither of my uncles will survive for the long-term.

My uncle is being treated at the University of VA in Charlottesville where I will be flying to for pre-testing on April 13th. While some of my medical expenses will be covered by my uncle’s insurance, I will still have other uninsured transplant-related expenses such as: one round-trip airfare and a two-night stay for the pre-testing, 2 airfares at approx. $1500 (my husband will travel with me and serve as my caregiver) and temporary lodging expenses in Charlottesville post-transplant for up to 18 days. I will also have the expense of childcare while I am in Charlottesville.

Updates (14)

November 8, 2016

Wow! I’m home. We’ve been home a little over a week now. The biggest shock? The ELEVATION change!! WOW! I was up and going a few day after surgery and was able to sight see a bit and was up to about 7000 steps without too much issue. Then I get to Denver. I’m exhausted. 2500 steps is a bit outside what I’m down for but I’m trying to gently push myself to regain the stamina I seem to have lost after nearly 3 weeks at nearly sea level. Thank you so much for all you all have done – the meals while I was gone, the donations, the prayers, the calls, emails, cards… WOW! Thank you all so very much! At this stage of what I know, I’m healing and my uncle is doing great! My kidney worked on the table and has been doing pretty well ever since. I’ll post some pictures from the trip a little later. Thank you again!

October 5, 2016

Today is the deadline for registering for the bunco event! 2 days until we get have blast playing bunco and trying to win prizes. 3 days until my husband and I fly away to Charlottesville, Va. I am so grateful for my parents. They are doing an amazing thing in just helping by watching my children while we’re gone. The procedure is in 8 days. 8!! A week and a day until I have one less body part! WOW! A week and a day until my uncle will hopefully never have to be on dialysis again. It is truly astounding. So close. I’m excited to help him. I’m already missing my children.


October 22, 2016

I wish I could be there tomorrow night to wish you well and tell you how amazing I think you are. Praying for your peace as you enter these next days of unknowns.

Heather Borer

September 27, 2016

You are such a wonderful and caring person. You are beautiful inside and out!

Susan Putica