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Dear Family and Friends,
As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with diabetes at age two and have struggled throughout my life with the complications associated with this disease. Four years ago I was diagnosed with severe Gastroparesis, or paralysis of the stomach. Initially I received nourishment intravenously, but ultimately I had a total gastrectomy, at which time a feeding tube was placed. Although this worked for a few years, my small bowel has now stopped functioning and the feeding tube has been removed. Now, I receive nourishment intravenously again, which makes me highly susceptible to infections and requires frequent hospitalizations. At this point, my doctors at the University of Pittsburgh have told me that my only chance for survival is a multi-visceral transplant (stomach, small bowel, and pancreas).
I am a single mother of two beautiful boys, ages eight and 14. Until four years ago, I worked as a medical assistant. I truly loved my job and found real happiness in taking care of others. Due to my failing health, I was forced to stop working. Everyday I struggle with nausea, vomiting and severe pain. I really just want to be able to live a normal life, raising my boys to be happy. They truly are my life.
Transplantation is life-saving, but also extremely expensive. Even with insurance, I will have numerous out-of-pocket expenses. Post-transplant, I will have to relocate to the Pittsburgh area for at least six months. There will be daily visits to the hospital for biopsies, blood tests, and rehabilitation to insure there is no organ rejection. I will also have to cover deductibles, co-pays and the costly anti-rejection medications I will have to take for the rest of my life.
To help offset these expenses, a fundraising campaign in my 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 Mid-Atlantic Multi-Visceral Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. It is never easy to ask for help, and now is certainly no exception. However, funding this life-saving transplant is a challenge I cannot face without your help. Your financial gifts and prayers are greatly appreciated.
With sincere gratitude,

Randi Wishard

Updates (1)

November 15, 2011

List of Contributors
Thank you SO much to everyone who has made a donation to my campaign:
Dolores Powers
Debbie McKee
Sharon Elbin
Theresa Baker
Marlene MacGregor
Cindy Higgins
Pebbles Gipe
Darlene Gordon
January Souders
Robert W. Brannon
Esther Akers
David Marsh
Dorcas Showalter
Rodney E. Sanders
Wildflowers & Wonders
Faith Christian Fellowship Of Halfway
Barbara Kline
Lisa Koontz
Terri Barker
Sherri Clark
Roy D. Chisholm
Sondra L.McDowell
M. J. Lawson
Hancock Lions Club
Edward H. Bluebaugh
Jennifer Holloway
Flintstone United Methodist Church
Ronald C. Gillum
Carol Bannon
Wayne Lutz
John Murphy
Dale A. Martin
Hancock Lioness Club
Green Ridge Assembly Of God Church
Frank R. Cosner
Margaret L. Jones
James E. Ward
Harry L. Powers
Randi M. Pittman
Rhonda L. Orndorff
Megan L. Norris
Kingsway Trading, LLC
Peter F. Gacki
Margaret Gacki
Mahlon D. Eshleman
Sherrill Dillon
Glenn W. Clayton
Brenda K. Caldwell
Bernard A. Burl
Amy Damoulakis
Renee Streeter
Michelle Marshall
Michael T. Steiner
Andrea G. Knode
Amanda Fleming
Eric Reed
Martin H. Potash
Conococheague Elementary PTA Inc.
Carla Rice
Leandra M. Portmess
Steven G. Hout
Peter F. Gacki
Margaret Gacki
Franklin L. Fatkin
Douglas Motors, Inc.
Hancock Assembly Of God
Marsha L. Staggs
Carolyn W. Bond
Hilltop Christian Fellowship
Brian C. Hammond
Conococheague Elementary PTA Inc.
Vaughn and Janeann Snyder
NorthStar Ministries
Elaine Johnston
Michael D. Spear
Joseph Hermansdorfer
Sharon K. Kennedy
Wendy Staley
Amy D. McCarty
Vanessa Harrington
Russell S. Miller
Alban Tractor Co., Inc.


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October 24, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys.

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October 17, 2012

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place." ~Unknown


September 24, 2012

“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.” ~ Vince Lombardi I love you sissy!!


September 11, 2012

Walk by faith sissy!!