Dear Loved One, My name is Mablean Sanders Robinson. I am married to a wonderful man, Jeremiah. We have been married for eleven years. We have three beautiful children, Ezekiel Sanders-28, Chanise Sanders-25, and Virginia Sanders-15. I am writing this to ask for help for my husband, Reverend Jeremiah Robinson who was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) also called Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2010 and is in need of a kidney transplant. His health has been deteriorating since he began dialysis, and he will continue on dialysis three times a week until he is ready for a kidney transplant. Medscape, an online medical encyclopedia, defines ESRD, stating, End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is the most feared consequence of kidney disease. ESRD results when kidney function has deteriorated and is no longer adequate to sustain life, and renal replacement therapy -- dialysis or transplantation -- becomes necessary to maintain life. We have begun the testing necessary to determine if Jeremiah is eligible for a kidney. Medicare will cover some costs, but it has been difficult time paying for his medication. After doing research online and talking to medical counselors, we realize the transplant, after care, and new medications will be extremely expensive. This is an excerpt from an ESRD network website. It has been estimated that first year cost of a kidney transplant is $116,100. Medicare covers all reasonable expenses with the exception of the Part A deductible and the Part B 20% co-insurance. Remember that you must think about the 20% cost of surgery and immunosuppressive medications if you elect to have only Medicare coverage, and those costs add up quickly. It is necessary for every transplant recipient to take several different medicines to keep your body from rejecting or damaging the new kidney. Currently, Medicare covers immunosuppressive medications for three years after kidney transplant for End Stage Renal Disease Patients (ESRD) patients. Congress has extended this coverage for the life of the transplanted kidney if the patient is eligible for Medicare due to age, or receives Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The annual cost of immunosuppressive medications is estimated to be approximately $20,000. Under recommendation of our financial advisor, it was suggested that we gather our support group now and start raising money to cover medical expenses not covered by Medicare. We have opened up a fundraiser account 'Jeremiah O. Robison's Kidney Transplant Fund' on donasity.com, where all donations are processed on a secure Amazon platform. Your help would be greatly appreciated. By copying this letter or spreading the word to your family and friends we can raise awareness of this disease and give my husband and our family peace of mind when the time comes for his transplant. The one thing I believe is keeping my husband alive is his positive attitude. Once you meet him you can't help but love him. He is a good man and is loved and respected by many people. His determination to face his kidney disease has inspired me to try to do as much as I can to make sure he gets the help and support he needs. Again your help would be deeply appreciated.
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