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Please help offset/assist with medical expenses to alleviate the financial burden. To help Kevin get a Kidney and New Life.

For over 25 years Kevin has been diagnosed with Polycystic Kidneys. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys. Cysts are noncancerous round sacs containing water-like fluid.Polycystic kidney disease isn't limited to only your kidneys, although the kidneys usually are the most severely affected organs. The disease can cause cysts to develop elsewhere in your body.
The greatest risk for people with polycystic kidney disease is developing high blood pressure. Kidney failure is another common problem for people with polycystic kidney disease. Kevin has battled high blood pressure for years,but just in the last year has his kidneys started to fail.

Nov.24,2010 the Dr.told Kevin over the holidays would be a great time to start asking for a kidney donor. We did have a couple offers but with the grace of God Jill his wife is a match.

Feb.2011 Kevin lost his FT job due to fuel cost. He was realy going through a rough time knowing he needed a kidney transplant but only one income comming in. He was ready to give up on the kidney transplant. I told him God has a plan for him and that is to get a new kidney.Now that you are out of work is the time to have the transplant. He can get a new kidney,a better feeling body,and then a new job.

May,26 2011 we went to the OSU transplant center and that is when they informed Kevin he will have to have a more severe surgery. He will have to have his kidneys removed by having an inscision from under the chest to the belly button. Kevins kidneys are 3x larger than a normal kidney and may weigh up to 25lbs each.After his transplant he will have to take up to six different meds for the rest of his life,to help his imune system accept the kidney. These medications can be any where from $25.00-$50.00 co pay per prescription.

With this surgery he will be out of commision for 2 1/2 to 3 months. Kevin is a great husband and step-father to our two children,always thinking of others before him self. It is time for us all to give Kevin a Kidney, a new life. I want my husband to wake up in the morning and feel good not nausea and in pain. I want him to play with the dogs,he can't now because of fear they may jump up on him and hit the kidneys.

May, 17 Kevin had his stress test and all went well. He was pretty pooped out when it was all over.

All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated.

If you have any questions, or suggestions or just need to contact a representative for the family please call Patty Nalapa(family friend) @ 614-645-5802 or Blanche Yonley (Jills mother) @ 740-865-3709.

If you want to send a donation by mail, please send checks to attention:
Kevin Backus
949 Gray Dr
Pickerington, Oh 43147

A BIG thank you, from KEVIN/Jill Josh, and Kate.

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