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Dear Family and Friends,

As many of you may know, my wife, Dianne McDowell has been ill for some time, and her doctors have determined her only hope for survival is a liver transplant. Dianne has been a caregiver to so many for so long and now needs your help because the cost of a transplant is overwhelming.

Updates (14)

October 12, 2015

Hope to update soon.

June 1, 2015

Been thinking about writing this update for several days. I am more convinced than ever that “God’s Got This” and is in total control of our journey. Mayo Clinic is unbelievable in every way. I am being treated at the one in Phoenix/Scottsdale AZ. I have never experienced anything like it. Things run like clockwork and patients are treated with such respect. They shoot straight and totally explain everything possible. We met with all of my doctors individually. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Please ask me anything you would like to know about the clinic. Okay just one more thing, Mayo has the highest success rate with transplants among all hospitals in the country. The survival rate is the highest in the country (in the high 90’s). What a huge blessing to be a patient there.
We talked to our Transplant Coordinator on Friday afternoon. The team has been waiting on an MRI from one of the hospitals in Reno. They received the wrongs ones at first and had to reorder them, so it has been quite a wait. The transplant team will meet to review it next Wednesday. It is one of the main factors that determine when I get a transplant. Once all the files have been reviewed, the team will start the process of getting me listed, but my MELD score (at this point) will only be 7. My score on Loma Linda’s list is currently 28. This is what happened: When my oncologist found the first tumor, he told us it was large enough that when I got on the transplant list, I would get what they call cancer “exception points” and start at a MELD of 22. I would also get 3 extra points every three months until I got a liver. The MRI they are reviewing (from April 2013, before the ablation) was reported by the radiologist at the time to be 1.5 cm. In order to qualify for the extra points, it needed to be 2.0. The surgical oncologist reported it as 2.0-2.2 cm. Mayo Clinic must review the MRI and make their own determination. Afterwards, they will let us know if I have a 7 or 28 meld score. A 28 would qualify me to have a transplant in the very near future. We can’t figure out how Loma Linda got me on the list with the exception points for cancer without the documentation needed. We feel like God led us to Mayo Clinic and we trust whatever the outcome will be. After they performed 152 tests on my blood, they know what is going on in my body. I have had every part of my body examined with MRI, Cat Scans, various heart tests, and ultrasounds. It may end up being a longer journey than what we were hoping for, or it could happen soon. We trust God to be in control and lead us down the paths we need to go. We continue to solicit your support – in prayers and/or contributions. We are so grateful to those of you who have contributed to our financial needs through www.HelpHopeLive.org. We know that many of are going through hard times, yet many have continue to support us. We don’t take anything you do for us lightly. We thank God continually for all of you. Your prayers, support and love are immeasurable. Love to all!