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Kaici had been battling insulin dependent diabetes since she was 15 years old. By the time Kaici was 43, she needed a transplant to survive. She had been diagnosed with end stage renal failure. Leading up to receiving this gift of life, Kaici had endured peritoneal dialysis at home eight hours each night. Through it all, Kaici did her best to maintain a positive attitude. Her belief and trust in God, His promises and plan for her life are what keep her going and cause her to continue to be an inspiration to those who know and love her.

Updates (1)

June 8, 2016

WE HAVE GREAT NEWS! On April 5th, 2011 Kaici received her kidney/pancreas transplant at Tampa General. The surgery was a success and Kaici is getting stronger every day. We are now looking forward to moving beyond this chapter to fulfilling God's purpose for our lives.


May 27, 2011

I read Eric's letter in the Island Sun. I had no idea that your family was dealing with such a life threatening situation. My heart ached for you. I've known Eric for many years. He and my late husband, Eric Vartdal, were good friends. I want to help so a donation has been placed in the mail today. Your family is also in my prayers.

Judi Vartdal- Ft. Myers

May 20, 2011

Dear Kaici,

We met Eric last year when he worked on a project at our house, so we know what a nice guy your husband is. And from his letter in the paper, we feel we've have gotten to know you a little bit as well. We wish you all the best as you battle your health problems. Our thoughts are with you.

Tom and Judie Sharbaugh (Sanibel)

May 10, 2011

Dear Kaici,
You and your family are most definately in our prayers. Eric, thank you for sharing. We all need to be needed
and want to help. Keep us posted.

Sincerely, Bob and Lyn Kern (Sanibel)