Dear Family and Friends,
In the mid-1990s, my brother Leo “Barney” Bos was diagnosed with minimal change disease, a rare condition that affects kidney function, when he was admitted to the hospital for uncontrolled hypertension. Leo successfully managed the disease for several years; however in April 2007 he suffered a stroke which required a long hospitalization in the rehabilitation unit and a long recovery process at home. He was forced to stop working as a long distance truck driver, a job which did for 30 years.
In spring 2010, the minimal change disease progressed to the point where Leo’s kidneys all but stopped functioning. He started dialysis immediately, which does the work his kidneys could no longer do. Since July 2010, Leo has been undergoing dialysis at home four times each day and he has been able to get back in his truck and on the road, at least part-time. Dialysis has been keeping Leo alive. At this point, though, his only chance at a long and healthy life is a kidney transplant.
Leo is undergoing his transplant evaluation at Sanford Health in South Dakota and will hopefully be active on the transplant list soon. Even with insurance, transplantation is costly. He will have many out-of-pocket expenses related to the transplant, including co-pays and deductibles, travel and relocation to the transplant center, and the costly anti-rejection medications Leo will have to take for the rest of his life. All of this presents a challenge he cannot meet without your help.
In order to ease this financial burden, a fundraising campaign in Leo’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF), a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for nearly 30 years. All donations are tax deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the North-Central Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Please consider making a contribution:We thank you for all of your love, encouragement and support.
507-290-0263 / [email protected]
October 8, 2013
glad things are starting to come together. Looking forward to helping with the fund raiser. see ya soon