You Can be the Difference!
At just 58 years old, I find myself in need of both a heart and kidney transplant to save my life.
It all was going as planned. When I reflect back to the beginning of December 2011, my life was very good. I lived in Florida in a beautiful, new, four-bedroom home by myself with a very good job. Most of my family were close by and we were preparing to celebrate a wonderful Christmas.
Just seven days later, on the first Friday in January 2012, my world began to turn upside down. My bosses came in that Friday morning and “let me go”. I was devastated but figured I would simply have to find another job. I searched hard, but nothing developed, and my savings were plummeting. As a last resort, I put my house up for sale and relocated back to Houston hoping to find something there.
My health insurance had lapsed, but I figured with the new job I would just sign up then. It was around this time, I noticed I wasn’t feeling quite right physically, so I went to the doctor who determined my blood pressure was extremely high. He sent me straight to the ER. After a series of tests, I was then told I needed to be seen by a nephrologist. After several more tests and a couple weeks later, this doctor told me I was in kidney failure and would to need to start dialysis immediately. This was at a time when I was broke, financially and spiritually. I had been very fortunate health wise up until this point, so it came as quite a blow. I asked the most obvious question first, “How will I pay for this?”. Fortunately, I was approved for disability, but it was 75% less than my income had been. It helped me get by, that was until the prescription medicine costs started piling up. Meanwhile, I had one last test to go, one of my heart, to be approved to be put on the kidney transplant waiting list. That is when the bigger bomb went off. I was told by the cardiologist I need a heart transplant too!
Although testing for a heart transplant is like that of a kidney transplant, financially they are very different. I am required to have $10,000 set aside for post-transplant, anti-rejection medications that I will need to take for the rest of my life. I cannot begin to express how difficult it is for me to ask for help, but at this time, I cannot face this financial challenge alone.
To help with the financial burden of uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in my honor has been established with Help Hope Live, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to help patients and families in need for more than 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and are held by Help Hope Live in the South-Central Heart/Kidney Transplant Fund. Donations are allocated by Help Hope Live based on financial need for medically-related expenses. Please consider making a contribution today.
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It has been so difficult to swallow my pride, to ask for your kindness and generosity but it is only through your contributions that I have the hope to one day be back on my feet again, working, playing golf, but most importantly being a positive figure in my kids’ lives.
Thank you and may God bless you.
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In honor of Jay Pieper
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