This is Alejandro.
We met him last year when he and Gabe played together during basketball season.
He’ll be mad at me for saying this, but he’s adorable. And a baller. Plays mean defense with his good buddy Alex.
But he was gone a lot from practice, and he missed some games. When I finally saw his mom Kyndra again I asked her “Is he ok?” And that was the first time she told me.
Alejandro was born with Stage 4 kidney disease. From Day 1, the doctors knew he would need a transplant.
Since then, they have lived their lives as normally as possible. Kyndra is a single mom and Alejandro has a little brother and sister. He’s been sick a lot, but they make it work.
Last May, they found out his kidney function was nearing the 20% threshold for the kidney transplant list and doctors told Kyndra to prepare. Family members are being tested in the hope of finding a living donor. Insurance will pick up the estimated $500,000 cost of surgery, but there will be significant other costs.
They have to go to Portland for surgery and then stay there for 5 weeks. Then they’ll head up one weekend a month for treatments. Kyndra will need to stay home full time for four months to care for him. Estimated costs: $50,000.
You know why I’m telling you this. Alejandro needs us. He needs our prayers and our good thoughts and yes, even our money.
They are selling t-shirts for $15 and every one of those dollars goes into the fund. If you buy one, I’ll pay your shipping.
You can also visit his fund-raising page at the Children’s Organ Transplant Association or visit the Facebook page to offer support.
There’s no such thing as other people’s children ~ Hillary Clinton