Dear Friends, Family and Community,
My wife, Laurie Grimes is a 45 years old and has been struggling with End Stage Renal Disease for more than eight years. She is on dialysis and her doctors have told us that her only option is a life-saving kidney transplant.
Laurie grew up mostly in Adams and York counties in Pennsylvania, graduated from Susquehannock High School in 1992. Laurie and I met in high school and have been married almost 23 years. She worked at Rutter’s in Abbottstown and Ryan’s Family Steakhouse in Hanover for a few years. Unfortunately, due to her declining health and being on dialysis, Laurie is unable to work or do many things she has always enjoyed. Once she receives her transplant, she looks forward to going back to work and being an active member of the community once again.
Transplants are life saving but financially draining. Even with insurance there are many expenses that must be paid out of pocket. Some of these are co-pays, deductibles, travel to and from the transplant center and relocation expenses at the time of transplant. In addition, Laurie will be on a life-time of anti-rejection medications. This puts our family up against a challenge we cannot meet alone and desperately need your help.
A fundraising campaign in Laurie’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 Mid-Atlantic Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by Help Hope Live for transplant-related expenses only. Please consider a contribution.
To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Donate Now button.
On behalf of Laurie and our families, thank you for your kindness, support, generosity and prayers.
March 29, 2021
Well I am doing good. May 16 will be 3 years out and I Thank God everyday for giving me this life saving transplant.
January 20, 2018
So happy i got a call saying that i have been accepted to University of Marylands Transplant center… Now all i have to do is get my stuff sent to them and do more fundraising .. They told me to do fundraising to get my funds to at least $10,000.
March 23, 2017
Well i am still on a stand still for transplant. I have two more test which is March 31st then after those results hopefully i will know something by then. I do still have my donor thanks to that person for being so patient….
October 25, 2016
Well haven’t updated lately.. I had my colon surgery and am healing up good.. And i should know in a few weeks if i get on Hershey Medical Centers Transplant list.. Which it sounds like its a go .. Then should find out if and when we are going for transplant surgery… YAY Thank You Jesus and thanks to all those who have donated and supported us on this journey…
June 30, 2016
Well finally got my story out there … The Evening Sun had a front page article in today Thursday June 30 2016 to check the story out you can go to theeveningsun.com and go to that date.. Thanks to Davin Jurgensen for getting my story out….
June 30, 2016
Featured in the news: www.eveningsun.com
May 25, 2016
well had one long day today. Went to Harrisburg and had the test i needed to have done and got to meet the doctor that will be doing the EGD i need to have done which will be Tuesday May 31st. Then after that i am hoping to find out when i will have my transplant finally… Thanks to all of you that have stuck by me and supported Pat and I through all of this …. May God Bless you all…..
April 29, 2016
Well half way to the $6000. Mark on here and really need to get more donations… I am excited someone from Havover Evening Sun is coming to my house next week to finally get my story out there… Kind of nervous but God will be with me through it… Thanks to all of those who are supporting me on this Journey that i am on… Thanks to all those who have donated to this fund… It is greatly appreciated…. GOD BLESS!!!
March 5, 2016
Well called Pinacle again on friday and getting closer to getting a date to have surgery… Just waiting on the doctors now… So hopefully not long to go yet… I want to thank all those who have supported me through all of this and thank those who have donated to this …. May God Bless you all…..
February 21, 2016
Well good news have a donor and now have to wait for all the donor stuff gets done and in the next few weeks i will get the call for surgery. So that being said please if you can help even if its five dollars every little bit helps and please feel free to share this to everyone….Cause God knows i will need help with medications…. Thanks and God Bless…
January 13, 2016
Want to thank all of you whom donated to my funds and wanted to update you all .. I am doing better and and really close to getting a kidney donor so please pass this along cause i am hoping to raise at least $10000. in this account so i have several months of medications… I need $1500, out of my pocket a month and that is a lot for us. Thanks again and hope to have some upcoming fundraisers soon…
December 13, 2015
Well had another hospital stay for two days for my colon again… I really need to get a kidney transplant so i can get better.. Drs are saying as soon as i get a kidney my colon troubles will go away … So please keep praying and if anyone can be a donor please call Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg and tell them you want to get tested for Laurie Grimes of Abbottstown… God Bless … Ps i can get from blood type A or O
October 11, 2015
well getting excited about some upcoming events.. Thanks to My church East Berlin Worship Center and Zwingli United Church of Christ in East Berlin..
September 11, 2015
Well was in the hospital for 6 days again.. Found out dialysis is really hurting 2 other organs, my colon and liver so therefor i am in desperate need for this kidney transplant. if i do not get one soon i could lose part of my colon and end up carrying two bags for the rest of my life and do not want to go through that…
August 28, 2015
Well getting some fundraiser stuff together .. I have started a sub sale and My Pastor and His wife are setting up something for October 17 .. When I know more I will update .. Thanks to JESUS for getting me through all this ..
August 21, 2015
Well had an okay day .. Felt half descent for once .. Hope tomorrow is another good day .. Please keep sharing this for me .. Thanks and God Bless ..
August 6, 2015
Hey it’s Laurie and i am feeling pretty good today.. I am told hopefully within a year i will get a kidney so if you can please help by donating and spreading the word.. Thanks and God Bless ..
June 4, 2015
Hey everyone. I was given this through Pinnacle Health due to the fact I cannot find a supplemental insurance. So I am going to try this out.. Anyone who would like to donate can do so either by pressing the donate button or mailing a check. Thanks and God Bless.
August 24, 2016
Hope you're doing well Laurie. Praying for you and your family.
April 19, 2016
Praying for you guys!!
April 6, 2016
LOVE YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU EVERY DAY!!! HOPE THINGS GO YOUR WAY SOON LOVE YA SIS!!
March 3, 2016
Praying for you
November 24, 2015
Love you and am praying for you daily.
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