On Air Now
No Program

Posted: December 14, 2016

Help SBK!

This message from Kevin:

After a routine annual physical it was discovered that I kidneys were not functioning properly. I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 (CKD) Chronic Kidney Disease. My kidney function is rapidly declining and is currently operating at 17%. I am now in the biggest fight of my life and I need your support. 

Since there is no treatment or cure for Kidney Disease, I only have two options: 1) get a kidney transplant, or 2) spend the rest of my life on dialysis. My goal is to find a living kidney donor before dialysis is needed, but the clock is ticking. 

The cost of the kidney transplant is approximately $350,000. Even with health insurance and help from family members, I am facing extreme medical expenses that will deplete my savings. For the rest of my life, I will need follow up visits to the doctor and daily anti-rejection medications that range from $2,000-$6,000 per month, which are to crucial to my health and survival. 

I choose to remain positive about all my health challenges now and in the future. I have surrounded myself with a very great support group amongst my family and friends. Needless to say, your support is greatly appreciated during this tough time for me and my family. Any financial assistance that you can provide would be greatly appreciated more than we can adequately put into words. Thank you everyone for your support and your prayers.

Here’s how you can help

If you are curious about helping out in a different way, please consider being tested to become a live kidney donor and literally help to save my life. With 83,000 people waiting ahead of me on the national kidney transplant list, the average wait on this list can be five years, or more. The organ shortage cannot be resolved by relying on deceased (cadaver) donation alone. Through living donation, a healthy person can donate one of their kidneys while they are still living. Kidneys from living donors offer a number of superior benefits other than just timeliness. There is a greater success rate and nearly double the years of function. Living donors not only help those in need get a healthy "living" kidney; they also prevent those in need from getting sicker (or dying) while they wait.

If you are just curious about the process or have any questions, please feel free to ask. It is important to know that if you do decide to proceed with getting on the list to be tested, you can back out at any time and for any reason, no questions asked. This is a very serious commitment and nobody should feel obligated in any way to join the list if they are uncomfortable about it.

Thanks so much for your consideration and please feel free to ask me any questions you may have!

Love and peace to you,

Kevin (SBK) Caswell

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.