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To help pay for part of the medical expenses from Bryan's Kidney Transplant

Bryan's Kidney Transplant

Our Friend Bryan, was born with ARPKD (Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease). He was 6 weeks premature at birth, so right from the start he had to be a fighter. His birth Mom knew he was very sick and at her young age, she was overwhelmed with what was ahead for both she and Bryan. A Nurse at the NICU unit took special care of Bryan, knowing what he needed, being so small and sick. The doctors did not paint a bright picture when telling his Mom what was wrong with Bryan. After talking with the Nurse, his Mom knew what she needed to do.

The Nurse that cared for Bryan could not have children of her own, so Bryan's birth mother gave him up for adoption to the Nurse who was caring for him. Bryan's adoptive Mom was a fighter also and did not take no for an answer. If the Doctor's did not help her, she would find one that could, and she did! Years passed and Bryan continued to grow and live a normal life. During this time, Bryan also had heart surgery to repair a valve.

As he got older, he wondered if he could find his birth mother, which he finally did, 8 years ago living in Texas. He met her on Mother's Day for the first time. Bryan and Lynda his Mom have gotten very close over the years, flying back and forth between Texas and Illinois throughout the year to see each other.

Bryan knew his disease was getting worse every year. About 4 years ago he was placed on a kidney donor list. Bryan and his birth Mom had discussed having her go in and being tested, to see if she would be a match for him. It turns out that she was a perfect match! She decided to be the donor for Bryan's kidney transplant. His birth Mom, Lynda, gave him up to save him, now she is back in his life to save him once again!

Bryan turned 40 last year and he is one of the oldest people that have this rare disease. On Friday, April 9th Bryan had his surgery, with his mom down the hall, having her donor surgery.  

Bryan's adoptive mom passed away a few years ago. She would be so happy to know that Bryan has gotten this second chance on life. I do not know about you, but those little hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I think about this amazing story of a Mother's love for her child. Bryan and his Mom have a long road ahead. Both are doing very well. The amount of money needed, for Bryan's medicine and hospital bills, is overwhelming for both of them right now.

Thank you in advance for your positive thoughts and generosity. 

Sincerly, Dory McCuen & Friends



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