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Melissa and Andrew Need Your Help!

Melissa Schons Bishop, age 53, and her son Andrew, age 20, both suffer from the effects of a rare genetic disorder called Barakat’s Syndrome. Approximately 1 in 1 million are afflicted with this syndrome, which causes major medical issues including hearing loss, poor vision, dental problems, hypoparathyroidism, and worst of all, kidney failure. Melissa is currently in end-stage renal failure and on dialysis, receiving treatment 3 times a week. Andrew was blessed with a new kidney right before Christmas in 2015.

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December 21, 2015

Posted by Andrew's Grandmother, Dian Schons

Andy is home!!! He is doing wonderfully. Takes 16 different medications twice a day, but he is doing fantastic. Learning about the side effects and how to manage them. We are looking forward to seeing one another over the holidays. We have so very grateful to the family who donated the kidney. We will never be able to pay them back! Many, many blessings to everyone who has so generously supported us. Please offer special prayers for the donor and their family. Merry Christmas to all. Can't wait to see Andy in person over the holiday season!!!

December 12, 2015

Andrew Bishop received his new kidney yesterday, December 11, in Tampa. We are all so grateful for the love and support shown to our family.

Andrew is doing fine, the surgery went very well, and his new kidney is beginning to function and give Andrew a new life.

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March 4, 2015

Hi Melissa, my name is Cruz Byington, I called the Tampa hospital to see if I could be added to your list of possible donors, they told me I had to wait until you put yourself on the donor list. I asked if I could help Andrew, but they wouldn't allow it because I'm over 50 years old. Anyhow, please let me know if I can be of some help in finding out if I would be a match. I can be reached at 614-747-0688, I live in Columbus ,Oh. and I am a 57 year old female.

Cruz Byington

December 21, 2014

Good luck to both of you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cathy Timpone

December 19, 2014

Melissa now has enough funds to qualify her for being listed on the transplant list at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fl. Without your help and support, she would not be able to be listed at this Kidney Transplant Center. We are extremely grateful for your generosity and support.

Dian Schons - Melissa's Mom