This is a follow up, to the article I wrote in July, when I had learned of Kari Galassi’s story. After being placed on a waiting list for a Kidney, doing Dialysis at home, every night and praying for a donor, she was ready to give up. I started brain storming ways that I could help, I asked Kari, if anyone in her family had been tested as a donor, she told me that she could not ask, her kids or sisters.
The reason that Kari would not ask, is because she loved her family to much, to ask them to sacrifice a Kidney for her. My heart melted, by the way she is so selfless, I thought, what an amazing person. I became so intrigued, inspired and determined to help her. I decided to talk to Kari Galassi’s niece, my cousin Jessica Blodgett, about my discussion with Kari.
I was well aware of the transplant process, I lived through it, when my best friend had a Kidney transplant. I asked Jessica to talk to her family, for Kari and ask if anyone was willing to be her donor. It did not take much persuasion, Kari’s daughter and sister were tested shortly after. Danene Thornton, Kari Galassi’s sister, was a match and a transplant is now scheduled for May 14, 2014.
Kari was originally put on the list, for a double transplant, for a Kidney and Pancreas. After another trip back to Seattle, she received the news from the Doctor, that her body was not strong enough, to undergo a double transplant. The only hope for her now, was to accept the Kidney, that her sister was offering. Though Kari was disappointed, that her battle with Diabetes would not end, she accepted her sisters offer.
The after care process for a Kidney transplant recipient, is long and expensive. Kari will have to stay in Seattle, after her transplant, for close observation. The travel and motel expenses will accumulate quickly for these two sisters and they need help, covering those costs. The account that has been previously set up, at Help Hope Live, for Kari Galassi, has not met it’s goal, of $15,000.00.
The sad thing is, they really aren’t asking for much money and the amount they set the goal for, will not cover all of the expenses. If you would like to make a donation to Kari Galassi, to help her reach her goal, visit helphopelive.org .
There are other ways that people can help:
- Donate plane tickets
- Donate gas cards
- Pay for a motel room for a night
- Gift cards for food
- A Prayer- Prayers cost nothing and only take a few moments, they can be done anywhere, at any time of the day.
In my mission, to help Kari Galassi, I put my writing skills to use, I started a facebook page and Blog called Connecting Organs. If I can reach out and help anyone going through a transplant, then I am giving something back to the world. If I am able to help only one person, then I made a difference for somebody, though I hope to help as many as I can.