Kenneth Maher, known by his friends and family as “Kenn”, desperately needs your help. Eight years ago, Kenn contracted a rare virus that attacked his liver. As a result of the virus, Kenn’s liver developed end-stage-liver disease, or liver failure. As if this wasn’t enough, Kenn then developed a blood clot near his liver which then started to interfere with his small intestine and pancreas function. Ken’s health is now critical and his doctors have told him that without a lifesaving multi-organ or multi-visceral transplant, Kenn’s time will quickly run out. He is fighting for his life, and Kenn desperately needs your help!
Kenn is expected to have his multi-visceraI organ transplant at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is undergoing extensive medical testing at Yale New Haven hospital but must travel back to Georgetown when a donor is found. He is now listed on the active national transplant list. As a result of his poor health, Kenn can no longer work, and caring for him is a full time job. While Kenn waits for his transplant surgery, his out-of-pocket medical expenses are mounting. He and Jane will also need to live closer to Georgetown once he has his surgery, and temporary relocate for approximately four months so that Kenn can be monitored for anti-rejection regularly. Kenn is also required to take costly post-transplant, anti-rejection medications that he will need for the rest of his life. These costs are adding up, and Kenn is asking for your help.
April 19, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to Kenn who this past weekend received the gift-of-life through a multi-organ lifesaving transplant on April 17th at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Kenn is doing very well after his surgery and is recovering in the ICU. Each day brings him hope and healing, and Kenn’s family remain grateful for his donor and their family, too. Please keep Kenn in your thoughts and prayers during this critical time during his recovery. Thank you ahead of time for your continued generosity and support for both Kenn and his family!
February 1, 2016
We hope your holidays were like ours, quiet and spent with family, close friends, and good food! We have had a couple of close calls with donors, but no match! The latest was around the 2nd week of January when the transplant team at Georgetown called to say there was a possible donor and to start driving toward DC immediately as they ran tests! We got as far as New Jersey, then got a call with the news that this donor would not be a good match. We’re still remaining positive that it will happen soon.
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June 8, 2016
As my graphics (printing) student,you were my first who came employed in the Graphics Industry. I greatly enjoyed having you as a student! I still have a California Job Case that you set type from, it's yours when you return home. Also, I am proud to have you as a friend since you graduated from West haven High School! You have a GREAT support group starting with Jane & Max. loveU
John & Antoinette Musante
May 7, 2016
Kenn: I know your lovely wife from high school days and was so happy to hear you found a donor match. Jane deserves to have a healthy husband to keep her company through the rest of her life, so I am hoping and praying that all your new parts work for you and you two can go back to LIVING!!
November 21, 2015
I really hope you get well soon Kenn! I love and miss you guys! I wish I could've donated more than $100, but that's all I could spare right now. I really hope it helps. All my love and good vibes are being sent your way!
Virginia Thompson (Ginny)
November 18, 2015
Feel better ken! You and the rest of the family are in my thoughts
Katy Noa Roberts