Tamara Needs Your Help
Family and friends of Tamara Mathias are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.
July 10, 2018
Update # 2
THANK YOU to everyone for spreading the word, inquiring about becoming a donor, and for generously contributing. I’m humbled and hopeful seeing how you care.
Just FYI – I do NOT know if you inquire about testing to be a donor as that is completely confidential between the donor and their transplant team. So if you WANT me to know, please tell me so I can properly thank you!! Thanks again
June 25, 2018
IF YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE, WOULD YOU?
Dear Family and Friends: I am in End Stage Liver Disease, and need to find a living liver donor, quickly. This year alone over 41,000 people will die waiting for a new liver.
End Stage symptoms I have currently are: internal bleeding (creating severe anemia), debilitating fatigue (unable to complete a normal day), portal hypertension, hepatic encephalopathy. Other issues can be the serious threat of sepsis , kidney damage and liver or pancreatic cancer. I have procedures at Hopkins every other month to help with the bleeding, receive infusions and take many medications but the only cure is a transplant. Cirrohsis is a silent killer, usually found incidentally (as mine was in 2015. My liver enzymes have been elevated since I was a teen, but since I did not have the usual causes (hepatitis, cancer, alcoholism, or a genetic disease) it was written off by drs as an anomaly.
How can you help? Please share this campaign far and wide – we never know who might be touched and be a willing donor.
Learn about being a living donor here: www.hopkinsmedicine.org
A donor Liver regrows to full size in both donor and recipient in about 3 months!!
Johns Hopkins Hospital will pay every cent of the donor’s medical expenses for surgery. Additionally there are grants to help cover costs of temporarily staying near the hospital, meals, caretaker expenses, travel etc. I am personally fundraising to pay for any costs a donor could incur that isn’t covered. We want to assure the donor that they will not endure any financial hardship.
In summary, if you feel inclined to help, here are some ways:
1. Spread this page to your social media contacts, friends, family etc
2. Contact Johns Hopkins Hospital if you are interested in more info about organ transplantation
3. Financially contribute to this campaign
4. Contact me if you or your business is interested in helping with fundraising or in anyway.
We have kept many things private in hopes I would have already found a donor. 2 special people came all the way from Nevada but were not matches.
As much as I hate to ask for your help, I must – for me, but primarily for my beautiful children. Very sincerely, Thank you, Tammie