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Family and friends of Christopher Wruck are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with kidney transplantation. Christopher is a 31 year old male from Merrillan, WI. He is married to his beautiful wife Sarah, has an energetic 5 year old son Alister, a spunky 3 year old daughter Gwen, and one Rainbow baby on the way. Chris and Sarah currently work nights as 911 dispatchers.
The estimated costs beyond what insurance will cover (Group & Medicare) is around $30,000 for just the first three years after transplant. This is for prescription drugs that will be necessary to maintain a transplanted kidney, otherwise known as anti-rejection drugs. The anti-rejection drugs must be taken for the rest of Christopher’s life. Additional prescriptions such as anti-viral and others will be needed as well, depending on recovery. There are also large deductible costs, travel costs, lodging, and also donor costs. We plan to raise money for as much as we can to make the process as smooth as possible. The financial support will not only help for the first few years but possibly beyond that as a transplant is an ongoing matter for the rest of an individuals life. This can only happen with your help. If you are unable to help financially please go to our Facebook page at the following link and share our posts if you are able! www.facebook.com – or search for “Chris Needs A Kidney”.
You can also sign up and participate on www.shareyourspare.club
A little background on Christopher’s Kidney Disease. IgA Nephropathy is ultimately what Christopher was diagnosed with and now it’s simply kidney disease stage 4, creeping up on the last stage of 5. “IgA nephropathy (nuh-FROP-uh-thee), also known as Berger’s disease, is a kidney disease that occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) lodges in your kidneys. This results in local inflammation that, over time, may hamper your kidneys’ ability to filter wastes from your blood.” – Mayo Clinic
As of right now it is not hereditary and they do not know what causes it. The original indicators that triggered the “find” started with sunburn and a couple bouts of strep throat. Which in turn caused large losses of protein and blood through urination. That has continued to this day, with some variations. What happens is the antibody IgA gets lodged in the kidneys, causing inflammation. Eventually this makes the filters in the kidneys (nephrons) completely inoperable, slowly, or quickly, killing them off, therefore reducing kidney function and eventually creating a build up of toxins, which will eventually become deadly if not treated.
In 2010 Chris had his tonsils taken out via a semi-emergent surgery because of inflammation. There is some evidence that tonsils are tied to this disease, but not 100%. It is believed that it helped, although the IgA had already done enough damage and there is no way to reverse that damage. So now Chris is approaching End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD – stage 5). A kidney transplant is currently the best treatment option for this disease. Dialysis is an option, but can lead to other health issues and generally involves a lower quality of life. For more information please go here: www.piedmont.org
Want to be Christopher’s living donor? Go here and be sure to put down his name, and THANK YOU: www.uwhealth.org
Christopher has chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility to the full extent allowed by law for contributors. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button.
For more information, please contact Help Hope Live at 800.642.8399.
Thank you for your support!
Success! Transplant is complete, please check out the Facebook page for the most recent updates: www.facebook.com
As of July 24th, 2018 it is a green light for the kidney transplant. I had my pre-op at UW Madison and everything is looking good. My donor will have hers July 26th. Beyond that, the schedule on August 8th looks to be: donor goes in at 8:10 AM and I go in at 10:10 AM. With the surgery and recovery room time it should be about 4-5 hours and I will be in my room accessible to my family. From there it will be 3-5 days until I am released pending everything going well. I will be on approximately 8 or so medications right after which the will eventually taper off to around 4 or so for the rest of my life. The dosages will vary but should also be tapered off to lower maintenance doses. It will be an adjustment, nonetheless, but a good one I hope!
I am now down to 18 for my GFR, but my symptoms are still fairly limited, mostly fatigue. I am hoping to grab all that energy I've been missing, back! I'm used to mentally pushing myself, but I can definitely tell I am wearing out much quicker and easier lately. This will hopefully be a breath of fresh air, and I can already feel the "weight" starting to lift off my shoulders. The next time many of you see me I may have what is called a "moon face", and possibly have gained a decent amount of weight. This is due to the medications which include prednisone. It is hard to know what will truly happen, but I figured I would forewarn everyone. ;-)
I truly appreciate all the help that has been provided to me and my family, and the help that continues from many individuals. My donor (aunt) is AMAZING! We have been talking and finding so many things that just "add up" lately it is quite odd, actually. She suggested we get some lottery tickets just because of all the numbers and how they coincide with what has been happening recently - why not?
You are all awesome and I cannot thank you enough! The support has been overwhelming! Keep the thoughts and prayers coming, they are definitely helping!
Here is a Father's Day story HHL did: helphopelive.org
Many updates to come next month. In the meantime I would love for you to watch this video:
Hey everyone! We had a fairly decent turn out for the May 19th fundraiser. We are looking to hold a much larger one on July 8th - please go here to find out more: events.helphopelive.org
Just a reminder we are having a benefit on May 19th. For more information please go to: events.helphopelive.org
Well, we have GREAT news! My aunt is a match, a pretty perfect one at that! Kidney transplant is scheduled for August 8th, 2018! I want to thank everyone for their support, it means SO much right now with everything kind of getting overwhelming. This is moving quickly. THANK YOU.
Continued updates available at shareyourspare.club
Hello everyone - just a quick update. Chris is now at 19 for his GFR (kidney function). We are waiting on results from a potential donor. It is looking good so far.
We are also holding a benefit in Christopher's name on May 19th, 2018 from 5pm until 9pm at the Sand Creek Brewing Company, 320 Pierce St, Black River Falls, WI 54615. The benefit will feature a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. You may register under the events page on this website. We are seeking basket donations for the silent auction. If you are willing to assist please go to www.shareyourspare.club and use the contact form. Thank you!
I created a website, shareyourspare.club in an effort to get my message out to more people. Eventually I wish to make it a community surrounding kidney disease and organ donation awareness. Check it out, join, share, engage, and learn more about this disease many are facing. Thank you for your support. More to come... - Chris
We are currently working on some fundraisers. There have been several ideas tossed around and once any are in place an event will be added to the site with additional information. Thank you for your support!
As of 3/13/18 Chris has been placed on the UNOS kidney waiting list. He is currently set as "inactive" as he is not in an immediate need of a kidney. As of 3/1/18 his kidney function was estimated to be at 20%. Should his health take an immediate turn for the worst or he is unable to find a living donor, he can be placed as active at any time. Christopher's blood type is B+ so he can accept any B or O blood types. Even if you are not a blood match both an approved donor and Chris can enter into a paired exchange program that will allow the kidney donation to proceed. Thank you for your support!
Sorry I couldn't make it to the fundraisers. Praying for good things to come!
Here's to a fast and healthy recovery!
Prayers are with you in receiving your new kidney. Hope all goes well!
Hi Chris, I used to work for your sister Dr. Steele. I will keep you in my daily prayers. Praying God blesses you with good health!
In honor of Chris Wruck
I love you Christopher!
Any support is good support. You are well loved in ASL Kat that your husband is just as much as family as you are to the guild!
Praying for ya! God is good, even in our struggles!
Prayers for you Chris; I can't imagine being in your situation. Good luck!
Give to keep the very best of people around as long as possible, to make a long journey a little easier and give to know we are in this together.
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