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Jason suffers from severe retinopathy and has undergone many eye surgeries and laser treatments. As a result of his diabetes, Jason is now legally blind, and has painful neuropathy with severe damage to many other organs. A few years ago, Jason was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, and with only 10% kidney function, he is currently on dialysis. A kidney/pancreas transplant is Jason’s only hope for a healthy life.
Since starting dialysis, Jason has received both emotional and medical support, and he’s doing much better managing his diabetes – but the damage is irreversible. Jason is currently undergoing evaluations at the Oklahoma Transplant Center in hopes of being placed on the active transplant waiting list. If Jason receives his transplants, he will become a non-diabetic and no longer need dialysis!
Transplants are lifesaving, but very expensive. Unfortunately even with health insurance, Jason will have many uninsured transplant-related expenses such as: co-pays and deductibles, doctor visits, travel and temporary relocation expenses and the costly anti-rejection medications that Jason will need for the rest of his life – expenses that are expected to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
To help with this financial burden, a fundraising campaign in Jason’s honor has been established with Help Hope Live, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law, are held by Help Hope Live in the South-Central Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Fund, and are administered by Help Hope Live for transplant-related expenses only. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
In spite of the many struggles that he faces, Jason is optimistic and wishes to pursue a college degree in social work so that he can devote his life to helping others. We are asking for your thoughts and prayers, and any donation, large or small, will make a big difference for Jason. Please share this appeal letter with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues – anyone in the community who might be able to help. Thank you so much and God bless!
Written by Ashley Brickey
I'm here and still waiting. ..I think it could be any day now
.. they have been transplanting a lot of people lately....keep praying
Yesterday morning at 2:30 am, Jason was rushed to the ER. He had went into diabetic Ketoacidosis. His blood sugar was over 800 and his potassium was 8.4. His nepherologist said he wouldn't died if he had waited any longer to come in. They got him stable, and sent him to ICU.
Jason is doing better now. In ICU. They finally let him eat (it's been 3 days). They said he's still in the Ketoacidosis stage (acidic blood) but he's almost out if it. Not sure how long he'll be here. His nepherologist said he was basically dead yesterday. He said he was so scared himself that Jason wouldn't make through dialysis without his heart stopping. Thank you, everyone for the thoughts and prayers. We love you all!
Just a reminder, your donation is tax deductible, so don't forget when filing taxes!
I want to thank each and every one of you who have donated and/or shared this fundraising page. There are so many expenses that Jason's insurance doesn't cover, concerning these visits for transplants. And each time we make these trips up here, we have to keep using the fundraiser money for various expenses. So the money raised is dwindling down. I worry we'll be short on funds when it actually does happen, when we need the money for lodging, gas, food, etc. I'm not normally a begger, but this is so important to me. And not just me, but Jason, our children, his parents, his siblings and friends. So here I am... I am begging and pleading with you all to donate ANY amount you can. I don't care how small it is. Everything helps! $10 would give us a little gas to get to an appointment while we are there, or buy us a lunch. The place we have to stay at is over $600 weekly, alone! Then there's food, travel, co-pays for all the anti-rejection drugs he will have to pay, bills and other expenses that will have to be paid to replace the money we'll be losing while we're having to stay in OKC and missing work. So please, as I type this with tears, PLEASE find it in your heart to help us. And please share this post as much and as often as you can. I promise, your money is going to good use and is strictly spent on transplant related expenses. Thank you!
Well, never mind. Just got a call from the nurse. The transplant is a no go this time too. She didn't say why this time, whether it was the blood vessels or what, but the surgeon just doesn't feel it's the right one.
Well, the nephrologist just came in. He cut Jason's dialysis time down from 4 hours to 2 hours, so he'll be back in here soon. He says there is a liver transplant tomorrow morning, and then Jason's transplants. He says it'll most likely be after 12pm tomorrow, but can be as early as 8am if the liver transplant doesn't happen. We asked what the chances are that this could be another false call, and he said from what he understands, it's a definite go! He said the cross match has already been confirmed, and there's really nothing that could interfere with it at this point. They'll be flying the organs in, then transplant tomorrow!
Well Jason got another call that they have organs available for transplant. So we're up here in OKC playing the waiting game while they test the organs to make sure they are perfect.
It's hard to pray for the call saying my husband has organs for his transplant, when I know that someone had to have recently died in order for him to get them. I feel like I'm praying for someone's death to happen. This is a very confusing and heartbreaking feeling.
Well it turns out the pancreas was no good, so I guess this just wasn't our time for a Transplant. Back home waiting for the next call.
Just got the call. Jason has a kidney and pancreas! We're running around like crazy, trying to get packed and out the door. OKC, here we come!
It's official! After all our hard work, fundraising, prayers, trips to a million different specialists, JASON IS ON THE TRANSPLANT LIST! They placed him on the list today! Thank you to everyone who has continued to pray for us, everyone who has donated and/or shared the fundraising page. Please continue to pray and share the fundraising page and donate if you can, PLEASE! We're almost to $4,000! Let's hope we get the call soon that his new organs are ready for him! Also, remember that where he gets new organs, someone did lose their life. So let's not forget about them and their family, and the gracious gift they are passing along. ~ Ashley
As of now, we are waiting on the final clearance for Jason to be put on the transplant list. They are just going over some last minute things to make sure everything is covered, and then they will list him! We should be hearing back in a few days to about a week!
Another $100! Thanks for sharing and donating! Keep it up! KEEP SHARING!!!
Oh my goodness, I cannot believe this! We are now at $2,720! That's over our minimum goal! We still need more donations, as the total cost will be well above this, but $2,000 was the minimum we needed to get Jason put on the transplant list. You guys are nothing short of amazing! To everyone who has donated, shared this link, even simply prayed for us... I just have no words to describe how grateful Jason and I are. We're so grateful for you all. I cried when I checked the page today. You guys are giving Jason his life back, you're giving me my husband back, and most importantly, my kids will have their father and you are giving us hope for a better future. Thank you sooooo much! And please keep sharing!
This lovely lady has offered to do family photo packages at a price you can't beat, and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Jason's fundraiser! Packages are only $50! Check her out and book your spot quick. One spot was taken immediately, so there's only 3 spots left. Her work is amazing. You won't be disappointed!
We are up to $905 now! Almost halfway to our minimum goal needed to get Jason placed on the list! I can't describe how amazing you all are for helping us by donating and spreading the word. There truly ARE still good people in this world! Please keep sharing and donating if you can. Love to you all from the Brickey Bunch!
$605! You all are amazing! Keep sharing!
Woohoo! From $175 to $210! Bless you all! Keep sharing this page and spreading the word. We need all the help we can get right!
We went from $25 to $75! Thank you for your donations and God bless! Let's keep sharing this!
This is the link to donate to Jason's transplant fundraiser. Please, I ask that you help in any way that you can. Even if it's just $1. We need this desperately, to give Jason back his life. Thank you so much, and please share this link with everyone you know!
Thinking of you and your family! I pray that you all have a wonderful Christmas!
Prayers, love and faith throughout this holiday season!
Raven M. Horn
I'm so excited for you both! I've donated and shared this page to all of my family and friends. I hope you reach your goal and live the lives you should be able to <3
We did it, babe! We made it onto the trasplant list! This is an amazing feeling! I love you so very much! We're gonna do this, together!
Your loving wife, Ashley
My sweet bubba,
I love you with all my heart & you've always been there for me throughout life. I always enjoy our brother/sister talks & constant laughing just goofing off. Stay strong! Keeping you in my prayers. Thank you for all that have donated. It means a lot to all of us.
My sweet baby brother, I have been praying for you every single day. I am so grateful to everyone who has donated to your campaign. $2,920 is amazing! Our family cannot thank everyone enough for helping Jason have the funds needed for expenses after his transplant. Jason, you mean the world to me. You are more like a son to me since I helped raise you when you were little. Taking care of you and Julie helped me learn how to be a parent. I pray your vision continues to get better and you receive your transplants soon. Always remember, you were the brother who called me pretty. Lol! Love you with all my heart.
Jason I remember when you were a baby changing your diapers fixing bottles for u. I love u very much my sweet good hearted cousin an u know that I know what u have been dealing with most of or life because I have it too an I am also brittle. Just keep trusting in the Lord an keep or faith look at how muuh the Lord has already blessed u.or so lucky too have a Lovering wife an family who has an will continue too stand beside you threw all of this. We love you Jason always. Love or cousin Melandie.
Jason & Ashley,
We are encouraged by your strength and tenacity as you're making the necessary decisions for Jason's heath. We are honored to stand beside you as you make this journey. We pray for continual strength and healing for the days to come.
RVPMC Staff, Board, & friends.
Jason - I remember hanging out with you over 7-8 years back when I last lived in the Fort. Your such a sweet and caring guy. Glad to see you have a wonderful family! I know you'll get the donations, you deserve them. Stay strong.
$605! We're getting there! I can't wait for this life change and to be able to look at you and say, "Hey, you're not diabetic, and you don't have kidney failure!" You WILL be able to watch your kids grow up and their kids as well! We love you so much, daddy! I can't wait!
Your wife & soulmate, Ashley
Jason I do have faith in you getting better again,i hope that you can get healthy again and get your life back.I know it is a hard struggle and it can drag you down,but keep your head held up there are people in your life that is on your side to help you through.stay strong,and keep your heart happy...
I love you so much, honey! You've been such a blessing and inspiration in my life. Together, we will get through this and get you the help you need. I'm so proud of you. Don't ever forget that. <3
Your loving wife, Ashley
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Help Hope Live
Note in memo:
In honor of Jason Brickey
Help Hope Live
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