Hello Everybody, and welcome to my fundraising page! Thank you so much for conisdering a dontaion to this great cause! Together we can reach my goal of $500!
I am supporting the Courage Classic for children like Adrian.
Imagine driving 162 miles, only to spend four hours hooked up to a kidney dialysis machine. Now imagine repeating this routine four days a week for more than a decade. This was the reality for Adrian, a 15-year-old patient at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Adrian was born nearly two months premature, so his kidneys and bladder never fully developed. At age 2, he started home dialysis, a treatment that does what impaired kidneys can’t: it filters toxins from the blood.
He did this day after day, until an infection scarred part of his abdomen. After that, he and his mother, Alicia, had to make the 3-hour roundtrip drive from their Fort Morgan, Colo., home to Children’s Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus for dialysis treatment.
This went on for two years until at last Adrian was matched to a donor kidney. His family was overjoyed, but just two days after the transplant, Adrian’s body rejected the new organ. He was added back on the wait list for a new kidney and restarted dialysis treatment. This went on for another decade.
During that time, Adrian missed most of childhood, spending a majority of his life at the hospital or traveling there for treatment.
Just when Adrian’s family was starting to lose hope, a complete stranger came to their aid. Jaime Bailey, a retired school teacher, saw a notice in her church bulletin seeking a live kidney donor. A week later, she began a battery of tests and evaluations at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). She wasn't a match for either of the people at her church, as it turned out. But the hospital asked if she would be interested in anonymously donating to someone else — perhaps a child or teen at Children's Colorado?
Jaime agreed, and soon found out that she was a potential match to a patient at Children’s Colorado. That patient, as she later learned, was Adrian.
The Courage Classic is not only a personal challenge for myself, but also an opportunity to support positive outcomes for kids and families who rely on Children's Colorado for care.
Thank you for considering a donation!!