A New Kidney For Chris
Organized by: Kimberly Gilbert
Kimberly Gilbert via Crowdrise
May 29, 2014
Chris Johnson was born on September 17, 1968. At the age of only 21 months, he was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. There weren't many children around that young who were insulin dependent, and so his parents worked closely with his doctor to determine insulin doses needed. There was never a time that he could recall not having to have injections and blood sugar tests; it was just his way of life.
In high school, Chris was also diagnosed with epilepsy, and the medications he had to take daily increased. Now, his diabetes was complicated by seizures if his blood sugar wasn't just right. For many, this would have led to frustration and complaining, but not for Chris. He has never complained and has maintained a faith in God that is infectious and inspiring.
Despite these things, Chris has led a full and wonderful life. He married Shelly in 1991, and she has faithfully stood by his side, fulfilling her vows to love him in sickness and in health. Shelly has never once faltered in her commitment to Chris. Together, they have a daughter, Kristin, now 20 and in college. They are a tight family, close to their parents and siblings. Their faith in God is the central part of their family.
In the past couple of years, Chris's kidneys have begun to fail.This is an expected outcome of having diabetes for the past 42+ years. Diabetes doesn't care if you're rich or poor, young or old, white or black. It wreaks its havoc on the body without any regard, and Chris has been no exception. In the next few weeks, he will see a transplant specialist to discuss an upcoming kidney transplant.
Here is where you come in. You have a chance to be part of a miracle. Every amount given will go towards Chris's medical treatment and transplant costs. No amount is too small, and certainly no amount is too large. There's no doubt that God has great plans for Chris, Shelly and Kristin as a family and individually. Scripture says that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). We believe 100% that it is The Lord who is strengthening Chris and their entire family to fight this battle. Will you consider giving to help them in this fight?