James Litzie desperately needs your help. James was born with kidney problems, and has faced the possibility of needing a new kidney his whole life. By December of 2013, when James was in his mid-20s, he was told by his physicians that he was facing end-stage renal disease, or kidney failure. James was immediately put on hemodialysis and then switched over to peritoneal dialysis which he did at home for almost two years. He was added to the active kidney transplant list in July of 2014, and finally received the telephone call that would save his life. On October 27, 2015, James received a successful donor-kidney transplant. He is recovering each and every day, and is fortunate his surgery was much sooner than anticipated. After a two week stay in and around the hospital, with some minor setbacks, James was able to come home to recover. James’ transplant proved to be lifesaving, but also very expensive.
James was born in Syracuse, New York and moved to South Carolina with his family in 1993. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend Tri-County College near Clemson, and worked towards a Radio and Television Communications degree. While at school, he met friends who helped him to gain a new passion: music. James is now the bassist for a local band and has played in gigs and even toured; all while undergoing dialysis.
December 28, 2015
This is absolutely a great Christmas gift for James this year. He is feeling great and getting closer to having a normal life again after quite a while!
He is now, as the doctor told us, hardware free. He had surgery last week to remove his dialysis catheter. Freedom!
We want to say thank you to those who have chosen to support James in his health quest. We appreciate it more than words can describe.
Hope you all have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Jim & Vicki
December 16, 2015
GOOD NEWS UPDATE!
We are pleased to inform all of our loyal supporters that on October 27th, 2015 James received his Gift-Of-Life — his kidney transplant!
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December 18, 2015
Jimmy - I'm so glad that you were able to find a donor, and that the surgery went so well. Best wishes during the Christmas season!