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Family and friends of Kaitlyn Asbury are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.
I am currently a sophmore at the University of Maryland: College Park. During the fall semester, I was exhausted all the time, I had dizzy spell very often, and I was never motivated to do anything. When I came home for winter break, I went to my pedetrician and talked to her about what’s going on. She sent me to a hematologist who ran some tests and found out I had iron deficiency anemia. When we went back for iron infusions we discovered that the creatinine levels in my kidneys were above a 5. I was immediately admitted to the ER for further testing because they didn’t know if my kidneys were all of the sudden shutting down or if it was something that was chronic and had been happening for a while. After being released from the hospital, we worked on getting an appointment with Johns Hopkins Center. A family friend was able to get us in and see a Nephrologist there. When we met with her, she knew immediately that I needed a kidney transplant. Since finding out this information, I have taken a leave of absence from school for the time being. We are currently working on finding the donor within the family and I’ve been completing all my necessary testing in the meantime.

Hey everyone! So we have an official date for my surgery. It’s October 3rd! Just a month away. We found a donor through the swap program at Johns Hopkins. My donor is female, 39 years old, in perfect health, and is a marathon runner. Thank you all for your generous donations and continued support. It means the world to me!

Updates (3)

October 26, 2013

Hi Everyone!! Kaitlyn and Judy’s surgeries were a huge success! Thank you to EVERYONE for thoughts, prayers and offer of help! Thank you for Judy for giving a kidney! :>) Thank you for Paula Syms, for flying up and staying with us and being at our beck and call and doing everything! Thank you for Kim Asbury for coming up and giving so much of your love and time and nursing advice!! Thank you for Melanie Begosh Suthard for taking care of Luna and helping out at my Work! Thank you for Hillary McHugh Clagett for taking care of Lilly and helping with the fund raising bank account. Our neighbors Brooke and Dean for keeping the cats alive and bringing in the mail. A huge thank you for Amber, Kelsey and Trisha who sat with us, worried with us, made Kaitlyn laugh and smile and brought us cup cakes!
Thank you EVERYONE who donated your prayers, love and $$ !!
We will keep you updated as we go along!
Love to all, Mike and Tracy

October 8, 2013

Tough Mudder Fundraiser
Dear Schnabel Staff,

On November 3, 2013 Jonathan Pittman, Cameron Crenshaw, Aaron Collins, and I will be running a Tough Mudder in Charlotte, NC (Team name: Warrior’s Code). For those of you who do not know, a Tough Mudder is basically a 10-12 mile run with about 20 obstacles designed by the Marines. It is supposed to be quite the challenge to one’s physical abilities.

With the blessing of Judy Asbury our team is running in this event to raise awareness for her granddaughter Kaitlyn Asbury who is dealing with a far bigger personal challenge. Kaitlyn has renal failure, and is currently seeking a new kidney. The financial burden and stress this puts on Kaitlyn and her family will last indefinitely. If you would like to make a donation on behalf of Kaitlyn, please do so through the foundation mentioned below. Judy is part of the Schnabel family so I hope we can view this fundraising moment as an opportunity to really make a change in someone’s life.

Please make your donations as follows:

Note in memo section: On behalf of Kaitlyn Asbury
Please send to: HelpHOPELive
2 Radnor Corporate Center
100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100
Radnor, PA 19087
For credit card contributions, please call 800.642.8399 or visit enter Kaitlyn Asbury in the “Find a Patient” box on the home page.

Thanks for your support,

p.s. If you would like to join the Warrior’s Code Team, please let one of us know. There is still time!

Pictured from left to right; Jonathan Pittman, Ben Bradley, Cameron Crenshaw, and Aaron Collins