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The funds will be used for Cody's kidney transplantation costs, co-payment and related expenses not covered by insurance.

Cody was born 3 lbs 7 oz and was brought into this world early due to his Renal Kidney failure. He had a blockage in his urethra which enlarged his bladder and made his kidneys over work when I was 19 weeks pregnant. Because of the kidneys working harder than they should they were stunted when I was 7 1/2 month pregnant. So all my amino fluid was gone and the baby was suffocating. An emergency c-section was done right away and he almost died.

Being by my sons side in the hospital for the first five months of his life was very hard, but we both fought so hard when everyone gave up. The Dr.'s said he may only live a few hours or weeks. I was tested and a match and I will be giving Cody my kidney in January 2011.

My husband at this time left us 6 weeks after Cody was born. Because of this unexpected, stressful situation I unfortunately had to quit my full-time job that I loved to care for my son. He needs 24/7 care. In order to keep Cody alive I have to put him on Dialysis at home every day, 10 hours a day, along with giving him daily shots and a lot of medications. Cody is delayed in speech and cant walk yet. He has special teacher and nurses that come to the house to work with him. I also have to take him to numerous appointment weekly for blood work and tests and the drive is 150 miles round trip for one appointment. It can get very expensive and exhausting but my sons life is worth it. I can not wait till the day I can actually see Cody run around and play at the beach.

After this situation and learning so much about the medical field, I now know my purpose in life. I'm go back to school to become a registered nurse to help children and families in similar situations like my son. I'm going to become a Dialysis RN.

Although I try very hard to keep up with the medical bills and expenses, it is sometimes extremely difficult. The funds will be used for kidney transplant costs, co-payments and related expenses not covered by insurance. So I am reaching out for your help and prayers. Any little contribution would help Cody and I in this strenuous situation.

Thank you and God bless you

Shelly and Cody

P.S. If you have a Facebook or Myspace, please post my link, so I can reach out to more people for prayers and help. Thank you

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