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Jessie, an infinitely kind, single, working mother of two needs a kidney.

Jessie is the strongest, most impressive woman I know. She is an incredible mother to her two children Milo (age 13) and Lila (age 10), and an eternally giving individual. This inseparable family of three lives in a small fishing community on an island off the coast of Maine, with a population of roughly 350 people. Here Jessie cooks and manages the kitchen of the islanders’ favorite restaurant, among other jobs. Last year, after working 60 to 80 hour weeks, making time to be with her kids and helping them with homework, she started feeling unwell. It started with leg cramps and an incessant itchiness. Over the winter the cramps got much worse, often waking her multiple times a night. No amount of water or supplements were helping, so this spring, before the busy season, she had some bloodwork done. Thinking that it would be a routine procedure, she left the clinic figuring she’d learn that it was some simple, resolvable issue. Later that day she was rushed off island to the hospital, and within 24 hours was informed that she was in complete, end-stage renal failure. The doctors could not understand how she was standing with the levels of different toxins in her blood, let alone walking, talking, and working. Within hours she had started dialysis and will have to continue that treatment three times a week until she receives a new kidney and her body does not reject it.

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October 12, 2018


We have a date! Sam and Jessie have surgery scheduled for October 30th! Things are moving quickly, and your support and messages of love and encouragement have buoyed her spirits tremendously. She knows how so very lucky she is to have Sam, to have all of you on her team.

On another note, her other brother Zach is having surgery for colon cancer. It had to be rescheduled, and is now the day after Sam and Jessie’s surgery, in the same hospital. Send good healing thoughts his way, too!

With love and appreciation.

October 3, 2018

Message from Jessie:

I have no words to thank you all for this gift. I am overwhelmed, humbled, grateful. Your kindness and generosity are beyond anything I ever imagined, and I am floored. Your thoughtful words mean the world to me, and I am taking time to read and savor every message, every well-wish, from friends near and far, new and old (!). It is a good reminder to let the people in your life know how much you care about them, and I am holding every one of you in my heart.
With love and gratitude,

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October 20, 2018

Perry and I want all the best for you. Deb

Deborah Meehan

October 19, 2018

You’re the best, Jess!! Salúd!!! xxWQ

Will Quackenbush

October 19, 2018

You are such a strong and kind duo. We are sending you peace and love.

Kristen Grote

October 19, 2018

Love Love love to all of you.

Blakeney Sanford