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A Mother’s Plea

Paul Whitfield is my one and only son; he is just 44 years old. Paul has a 7-year-old son of his own, Marcus. He is my one and only grandson. They are as close as a father and son can possibly be!! I am writing to you to ask for your help. Marcus’ father, or Poppa if you are talking to Marcus, has been living with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS for short) for the past 20 years. This disease attacks the focal and segmental portions of both kidneys and as of today Paul is considered to be in severe chronic end-stage kidney failure. The disease has no known cause and no known cure.

Updates (4)

January 9, 2017

Hi all….Wanted to check in and provide an update. If you do not already know, Tuesday is the day. My Cousin has been here since this past Wed, our pre-op is complete, and we are ready for surgery! My mother will be posting updates come Tuesday afternoon at (yes, spelling is correct for purposes of the link).

Thank you for the continued prayers and support….Marcus and I are truly appreciative!

September 14, 2016

Today is a day I will never forget….my Cousin has officially been approved to be my donor!! We pretty much knew this would be the end result but there were a few formality type appointments that took place over this weekend and we are good to go!! It is an exciting time for me and especially for Marcus! Although he does not truly understand the magnitude of all this now, our Cousin’s selflessness will give Marcus and I much needed time together without dialysis and continued worries!! I am forever grateful to my Cousin and dont think I will ever be able to thank him enough but I am pretty damn sure he knows what this means to me….love you Cuz!!!

We were unable to pick an actual date today but more to come as soon as we wrap up that last detail!

Continued thanks for all the kind words, prayers, donations, offers of help, and anything anyone else has done to keep us in a positive light….we truly appreciate every single one of you!

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September 27, 2016

Hi Paul. Soooo happy you got a donor! Thank you tons Sumner. Your Mom always keeps me informed for which I am grateful. You go, Paul! My very best,

Cindy Ullman

September 14, 2016

Paul, thank you for Marcus! He is such a joy to have in class. I wish you all the best in your journey towards health.

MM (OL Librarian)

July 26, 2016

Hi Paul! So happy you've found a donor. Strength and prayers sent your way. You've always had an amazing heart. So kind and so honest. You're a good man, God bless. I'll donate again when I can. Take care. I'll keep looking for updates on your progress. Love, Jen Scott

Jen Scott