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Dear Friends and Family,
As some of you may know, I was born with a hereditary kidney disease called Alports Syndrome. However, I was not diagnosed until the age of 18 and by that time, my kidneys had almost completely stopped functioning. My mother donated a kidney to me less than a year later. Unfortunately, at that time, Alports was not widely researched and it was not known until after the transplant that my mother is a carrier for Alports. Consequently, the transplant failed a year and a half later. I went on dialysis in 2003 and have been doing so for eight years as I await another transplant. This struggle with my health has been difficult over the last few years, but I give glory to God for His goodness and the strength He gives me every day.
I met my wife Nicole on a mission trip to Mexico in June 2010. After a few conversations with her, I knew there was something special about her. We dated for six months before I asked her to marry me. We were married in May of this year. Nicole knew about my medical history and insisted on getting tested to see if she was a match to be a kidney donor. She started the testing process last August and shortly after getting married we were informed that she was a match. We are so grateful to the Lord for His mercy in allowing us to be a “perfect match.”
Because Alports Syndrome is not a widely understood medical condition, Nicole and I must go to Chicago for the transplant. The transplant is scheduled to take place on October 24, 2011 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Even with insurance, both Nicole and I will have many out-of-pocket costs, including: doctor visits, co-pay and deductibles, travel and relocation for at least one month post-transplant, and the costly immunosuppressant medications I will have to take for the rest of my life.
To help ease this burden, 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 Nicole’s and my transplant-related expenses only. Please consider making a donation:Nicole and I are putting our faith and trust in God as we continue on this journey. We are grateful for your prayers and support. God bless you!
With gratitude,

Andy Slabaugh
614-595-2950
[email protected]

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October 8, 2013

Kidney transplant
I will be having my kidney transplant surgery on October 24th in the early morning. My wife will be the donor and will also be havin g her surgery done simultaneously. We will be coveting your prayers on this day and the days to follow for Gods protection on my new kidney.

October 8, 2013

Spaghetti Dinner Event
We will be having a benefit spaghetti dinner on Sat., October 8th from 4-7pm. All donations that come in will go to help my wife and I with the transplant related and out-of-pocket expenses that will not be covered by insurance. The dinner will be held in Grove City, Oh at Bible Baptist Church. If you need directions please visit the church website at bbcgrovecity.org We want to,in advance, thank everyone who will attend and especially those who will be helping in any way to put this on.

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October 8, 2013

Good luck, Andy. Hope all goes well... I ran into Josiah and he told me the good news. Keep us posted.

Jessica Legg/Commercial Point, Ohio

October 8, 2013

Andy and Niki-- So glad this transplant is finally happening! Of course you have been and will continue to be in our prayers for protection, strength and grace. We just pray that God uses this in many wonderful ways in your lives and the lives of many others.

Aunt Kellie and Uncle Jerry, Kiev, Ukraine

October 8, 2013

Andy and Niki-- So glad this transplant is finally happening! Of course you have been and will continue to be in our prayers for protection, strength and grace. We just pray that God uses this in many wonderful ways in your lives and the lives of many others.

Aunt Kellie and Uncle Jerry, Kiev, Ukraine

October 8, 2013

Andy and Niki I am praying for you and looking forward to what the LORD is going to do for you. The LORD is so good.

Rozann Herstine, North Canton