Michael Hirsch has been battling kidney disease for many years and he now needs a lifesaving kidney transplant. Although Michael has insurance, there are many uninsured expenses related to transplant. Michael is facing very high expenses including temporary relocation for two months to be closer to Sanford Hospital, lifelong post-transplant medications which can be as much as $1,200 a month, co-pays, lab fees and more.
Michael was born in Wagner, SD and lived in various other towns before graduating in Alexandria. After graduating, he joined the Air Force where he was stationed in Columbus, Mississippi. When Michael completed his time in the service, he worked for eight years in Mitchell at Dakota Pork. Michael moved onto Graphic Packaging where he still works today with seventeen years invested. Now with dialysis three times a week and working full time, kidney disease has taken a toll on him mentally, physically, and financially.