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I am fundraising for a kidney transplant for my husband, Chris Barrow. The costs are high and we must raise funds for the transplant.

Most of you know and some of you don’t that my husband Chris is on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant. His kidneys failed in 1998 and he has had a transplant in 2000. That kidney failed in 2005 and he has since been on dialysis. He is currently on the kidney transplant list at Duke University and we are waiting for news that his name has come up and there is a match for him. However, before he can even receive a kidney transplant, we must raise at least $5,000. So, you might be asking yourself, why do we need so much? Your donation will go towards paying for medications, doctor visits, even insurance premiums that will be very steep, and help with other unexpected expenses that may be needed while Chris is out of work for approximately 6 weeks after the transplant and beyond.

Most of you might not realize how much Chris goes through on a daily basis in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday he gets up at 6:00 am to go to a dialysis clinic. During dialysis he has two 9-gage needles put into his arm to have his blood dialyzed. This process takes about four and a half hours to complete. Once he is done with that, he then goes to work for the rest of the day. If he misses just one treatment, then he becomes sick and risks damage to other organs or his life. Dialysis is to be a temporary fix, not a permanent solution to kidney failure. Since Chris has been on dialysis for so long and could still be on dialysis for years to come, he risks serious problems in the future. Long term effects can be heart failure and heart disease. I pray every day that while Chris is young that his body will be able to fight back easier. But, the days of him on dialysis, keep getting longer and longer.

We need all of our friends’ and families’ help to raise this money in order for Chris to receive the transplant. Every little bit helps!!


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