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Dear Family & Friends,
As many of you know, my wonderful husband Jim has been battling end stage renal disease since he was 18. Despite his illness, Jim worked hard for 30 years and had a successful career in sales. Just three months after we married in 2006, a medication error caused his kidneys to fail completely. Despite every effort to treat it, Jim’s symptoms worsened and he became fully disabled and bed-ridden. Jim began dialysis and joined the transplant waiting list. For the last four years, Jim diligently spent 10 hours per night hooked to a dialysis machine.
Jim never lost his determination and positive attitude. Thankfully, on April 16, 2013 the long-awaited call to save his life came – he received a kidney transplant! It was a sad day for the donor family, but they chose to give the gift of life and we are eternally grateful. The transplant was a great success and Jim’s new kidney is functioning extremely well.
Jim’s motivation has always been his loving family and friends. Our family has been working tirelessly to pay for his treatment and insurance premiums. Even with insurance, medications and frequent appointments in Fort Worth costs thousands per month. Transplant aftercare is extremely critical to maintaining Jim’s health – we make the 120 mile round-trip to Fort Worth three days per week for his follow-up appointments at the transplant hospital. We have always faced every challenge as a family, cheering each other on with our rally-cry of “Team Spina!”, but this current financial challenge is one we cannot meet without your help.
To help with this burden, a fundraising campaign in Jim’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the South-Central Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. To make a contribution click DONATE NOW above or:Your gift would help us manage the costs of treatment so Jim can continue to recover and achieve a new quality of life he has never known. Thank you for joining and supporting Team Spina!

Anna Lucchesi-Spina
214-676-3175 / [email protected]

Updates (13)

August 21, 2017

Many procedures later but we’re still going strong! Jim has been steadfast and has a great attitude. We’re hoping that this latest procedure will be the permanent fix we’ve been hoping for. Thanks for all the support, love and well wishes!

December 28, 2015

Jim’s new kidney is doing well. All of the surgeries (17 to date) over 3 yrs and medication changes have taken their toll but Jim continues face each challenge with a positive attitude. We appreciate all your support; it really helps with bills from 4 hospitals and countless doctors so we can better afford his costly transplant meds. They are still changing his meds, each which comes with new round of side effects. Jim is so resilient and we look forward to a healthier 2016!

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October 26, 2016

Wishing you strength and continued success in your journey toward good health and only the best possible outcomes!! Warmest regards, Linda, Paul, Katie & Connor

Acierno (Boland) family

January 4, 2014

You are both inspiring! Love you!

Kim, Heather, Cole, & Gage Harris

October 8, 2013

Love to you both!! Please let us know if you ever need anything!

Matt & June Goodman, Plano, TX

October 8, 2013

Wow, what a journey for you and Anna. I am so happy to hear all the good news and the wonderful prognosis thus far. Keep on staying strong. Many people are praying for you and sending incredible healing and positive energy that you so deserve. All our Best, the Bernsteins

Alisa and Glen Bernstein & family