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This sweet young family needs help.

They desperately want more time together with their dad and husband, James. While he still somehow manages to continue to go to work every day to support his family, he is losing this battle. Even his quick wit and amazing sense of humor are beginning to fade. His liver disease has reached a critical level and he now needs a transplant. With only 15-20% liver function, his time is running out with his girls. After two exhausting reviews he is on a transplant list at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. This means he needs to relocate temporarily to Arizona to have any hope of getting help. The costs for this procedure are astronomical. While James is fortunate to have medical insurance it is not enough. James and Jodi are relocating to Phoenix in early April, in the hopes of getting this life saving transplant. Everything from rent, transportation, living expenses and out of pocket medical cost are not covered for the months they will be gone. In addition their two beautiful young daughters will need to remain behind in Washington. Josie and Katie need their parents back as soon as possible and healthy. So many people say, “What can I do to help?” Donating to this fund to help give this family more time with one another is one way to contribute. Please consider donating to this fund to give this family more time together.

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June 14, 2018

A week ago James couldn’t walk to the bathroom without a walker. 10 days ago he couldn’t feed himself, brush his teeth, and even speaking was extremely difficult. Every day he gets stronger and works hard to regain his strength, and yesterday he got clearance from the transplant clinic to do the recumbent bike and walk on the treadmill. I am so proud of him and all his hard work and determination. He amazes me every day.

June 13, 2018


Every day James seems to grow slowly stronger and his recovery is progressing. The debilitating tremors have all but subsided, which is fantastic. What a difference a mere week makes. We’re not exactly sure if the meds they are giving him to counteract the anti-rejection medication have helped or if his body is starting to acclimate to the Prograf or a combination of the two.

He is eating fairly normally and we think we finally have a pain relief schedule figured out. That definitely helps his mobility and attitude in general.

We both have been extremely exhausted and haven’t even left the condo since Thursday. Today we have a goal of leaving and doing some simple errands (get his mullet cut, maybe have lunch). They want him to take three 10 minute walks a day, but this Phoenix heat is no joke. We’ve managed one 15 minute walk at 10pm when it was only 93 degrees out. We both like the heat, but DANG Arizona ain’t messin’ around.

He loves to get phone calls and texts, so feel free to reach out.

Love and blessings to you all and as usual, thank you for your support and encouragement. #TeamFinley

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June 14, 2018

Wow, you look great James! Keep up the excellent work. I'm so looking forward to getting to see you and Jodi on Friday


June 7, 2018

Wahoooooo!!!!!!! GREAT picture of you Fin! So glad to hear you are getting released! You look great and what an amazing journey! Thanks for sharing all the details :):)

Mo Castro

June 5, 2018

Following your story on Dorry's page and wishing all the strength, love and support needed for a full recovery.

Allison Yocum

June 2, 2018

To James and his family. To Dorry and her support. We are sending our positive thoughts and prayers. (I am Scott's cousin.)

Betti Fujikado