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Retired Army Veteran Needs a Kidney

Retired Sgt. Richard Pomelow of Maine took ill suddenly in May of 2016. The doctors discovered upon his admittance that he only had 10% kidney function. After 2 weeks of flushing out his system and a kidney biopsy, Richard and I were told he needed a transplant. Rick is a gentle giant and a loving and devoted father and husband, and now he needs our help. The cost of a transplant can be overwhelming.

Updates (5)

March 24, 2019

Good Sunday evening!! Just wanted to update and let you know Rick finally has an official date for his transplant!!! April 18th, Mark Obert will give my husband a new life!!!! We want to thank everyone that donated to help us financially for hotel accommodations and airfare ❤️❤️❤️❤️ God bless

February 15, 2019

It's been a long time since I've been on here. Alot of up and downs.. we've had a living donor for Rick since February of last year. In November we parted ways with our transplant team from Mid Maine Medical in Portland Maine as it became very apparent they were not advocating for us. They were talking two years plus with our living donor???? Doesn't make sense!! November 22, 2018 we traveled to Boston for our first appointment at The Brigham and Women's Hospital. We had to start all over again! After two years of Rick being on dialysis and several months having a living donor (technically, there were three donors but Portland stopped communication with two of them in April). One and a half weeks later, Nancy, Rick's new pre-transplant coordinator called, she had all Rick's records and Mark's records.! It took Portland almost 4 MONTHS according to them to get Mark's records, mind you Mark has been in contact with us through the whole process!! Mark reached out to Rick on Facebook, said he got a calling from God... I believe that's when we lost our team in Portland. We told them we were prayed on by our pastor and that same weekend Mark Obert reached out! So, four days past after the phone call from Nancy. Mark calls us...he received a call from Nancy...the records she received from Portland showed Mark was a perfect match!!! Read that again...yep!!! I don't even have words for it now except it was like having the rug pulled out from under us ... AGAIN!!! Moving on, Mark had to take a few more test and repeat one a few times. He is sheduled for his preliminary test on February 28, 2019. Praying all goes well

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June 12, 2019

Good luck sir. I hope this helps.

Mark Cough

March 19, 2019

Praying for all of you! Godspeed!

Bob Connors

June 28, 2017

Hey Rick,
Eric and I are praying for you and your family. It's been a long time since we have seen each other. Hang in the there and stay strong!

Sheri & Eric Crowe