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Family and friends of Iris Acevedo are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.

Iris has chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility 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.

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August 20, 2018

Hi, my name is Iris. Many of you know that I have Lupus, which caused my kidneys to fail and is the reason I go to dialysis three days a week. Before doing dialysis this time around, I was on dialysis for eight years and then received a new kidney from my brother. I have been on the waiting list for a new kidney for 5 years now, it’s taking longer for me to get a kidney because I keep having medical issues that set me back. In 2014 my intestines ruptured twice, both times I was put in an induced coma after each surgery for about a week. On Halloween day that same year, my body just gave up and I fell into a coma. Doctors couldn’t give an explanation to why my body did that, except that it was tired from everything I have been through and needed to rest. The scary part is that they didn’t know if or when I would wake up, and if I did, what kind of damage I would have. Well, after many prayers from my family and friends, I woke up 8 days later and my memory was fuzzy for a couple days, but everything slowly came back. Now I have a permanent ileostomy, and for those that do not know what that is, it’s a small piece of my intestine sticking out my abdomen covered with a small bag where my waste is collected. All the other times I had an ostomy, the doctors were able to reverse it after I healed, but this last time, my intestines had already been cut and shorten so many times that they would not be able to attach it anymore. I hate having an Ileostomy, especially because I always have to wear loose clothing to hide it, but I’ve learned to accept it and not complain about it because that is what is keeping me alive. A couple of years later, they found a huge ovarian cyst in me and once again I was put on hold from my transplant list. There was no need for surgery because it shrunk on it’s own, thank God. The following year, I was having problems with my teeth, so I decided to get it pulled and once again I ended up in the hospital. This time my extraction got a bad infection, which ended up in my blood stream and almost killed me. After recuperating from that all of a sudden, last year I fell in my shower and broke my wrist so bad that I needed surgery and had three pins inserted. It took me six months to get better from this incident.
Fast forward a bit, now we are in June of 2018 and I was getting all of my testings done to get back on the kidney transplant list, when one of my tests came back abnormal. Of all things, my heart. So once again, I was admitted to the hospital for further testing and in July I was told I would be needing open heart surgery to replace two heart valves and repair one. I was also told that they prefer I went to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for the surgery. So last week Richie and I drove to Gainesville to meet the surgeon. The doctor gave me a date and explained everything I needed to know. The surgery is set for September 6th, but I have to be there the day before. He explained to us that I will have to be admitted for two weeks and recovery time at home will be four months. During my stay in Gainesville, which is almost a three hour drive from Palm Bay, my husband and family will be staying in hotels to be close to me.
Richie and I never wanted to ask for financial help, but between a kidney transplant and now open heart surgery, we have decided to put our pride aside and ask for help.
We will be keeping this fundraiser open beyond my kidney transplant because the money collected will be used for anything that my insurance will not cover like hotels, gas, food, medications, just to name a few of the items we will need. When getting a transplant, it doesn’t just end after surgery. We then have to travel back and forth three times a week to get checked for the first three months, then twice a month for six months, once a month for a year and then when we reach the one year mark and I’m doing well, my visits will only be once a year. During this difficult time, we will be spending a lot of money and any help will be so appreciated.
Thank you, thank you, thank you……in advance. 😉

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August 21, 2018

You are such a strong person and i know tgat yge love that is shared between you and Richie and all the love ftom family and friends will help you through. Prayers coming your way from the McLaughlin clan: Yvette Thorpe Marcus and Morgan.

McLaughlin family

August 21, 2018

Hi! This is Liliana and Melanie ,I’m Olvi’s cousin from Ct. I know we only meet twice but we fell in love with all of you,you are sooo nice that we felt like we knew you from before,we love your work,we are going to have you in our prayers. Blessings from Ct. We will be glad to donate.

Melanie and Liliana

August 21, 2018

Prayers going out to you during this time. You are a very strong woman and God got your back. Praying for speedy recovery.


August 21, 2018

Leslie and I want you to know our prayers are with you.

Ronald Trout