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As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with end stage renal disease. Six years ago, I developed a respiratory infection and was prescribed penicillin. A week into the antibiotic regimen, my body developed a toxic reaction to the medication. At that point, my kidneys shut down. After a week in the hospital, my kidneys regained function, but irreversible damage had already been done.
Then, four years ago, while driving from Naples to Tampa, I blacked out due to my blood pressure being too high. My vehicle flipped several times, but thankfully, no one else was hurt. I woke up in the intensive care unit and I learned that my kidneys had given up entirely. Since then, I have been on dialysis every day and now, my doctors at Tampa General Hospital have told me that my best chance at a long and healthy life is a kidney transplant.
Transplantation is life-saving, but also very expensive. Even with insurance, I will have many out-of-pocket costs, such as: co-pays and deductibles, doctor visits, travel to and from the transplant center, and the costly anti-rejection medications I will have to take for the rest of my life.
To help with these uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in my honor has been established with HelpHOPELive. HelpHOPELive is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for more than 28 years. All donations are tax deductible and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Please consider making a donation today:Thank you for your generosity and support.

Walter Dennis Leatherwood
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September 15, 2015

Music opens doors, one of which is friendship! Whether it be in person, or on Facebook, I'm happy our paths crossed via the rock 'n roll highway! (Glad it's the Rock 'n Roll Highway and not the "Highway to Hell") I wish you the best.

Angie Herrmann

December 15, 2014

I know our prayers Will be answered. The great Spirit is merciful and pure love. Keep strong in Faith.

Sue Anderson

June 11, 2014

Dennis, my prayers for a transplant for you. My dad had one back in the 70's when they weren't too common to do. My mom has 1 kidney, lost 1 to cancer so we are prepared for dialysis, the port is in. Unfortunately she has diabetes so we have to be really careful. Your story hits home with me. I will find this site when I get home and donate in honor of my dad. I lost him when I was 14 to a heart attack, NOT the kidney transplant. Prayers and best wishes.

Lisa Puma

December 15, 2013

Got your back Chief!

Don W.