Organized by: Tabitha Fox
May 23, 2016
Dain is a smart, fun loving, adventure seeking, goofy as hell, all-around great guy. He’s also a conceited mofo, but we love him just the same. If you have had the honor of meeting Dain, your life is better for it. He’s stubborn and proud and is adamantly against me creating this page, but I’m his big sister, so I don’t care.
Out of nowhere, in February (yes, 3 short months ago), Dain received the life changing results of a biopsy. Let me break it down ……
Dain has IgA nephropathy, which is a form of kidney disease that damages the filtering units of the kidney so it gradually loses its ability to clear toxic waste from the body. This loss of kidney function progresses to chronic kidney failure, which requires dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant. Even though just detected in Feb, Dain has already reached End-Stage Renal Disease, which means his kidneys have ceased to function and he is in need of a transplant in order to stay alive. His transplant is scheduled for May 23.
Though he has insurance and will qualify for Medicare, there will be a large deductible to meet, out of pocket costs, travel, living expenses, and ongoing medical costs for the foreseeable future.
Let’s not forget the hero in this story: Phillip Bullington, one of Dain’s best friends, a fellow Benson athlete and graduate who also competed at the collegiate level like Dain at Chadron State. He is currently roommates with Dain, and just so happens to be a perfect match as a kidney donor. We will be forever indebted to Phil for his courage…and his kidney. The least we can do for saving our brother is ensure that his costs are fully covered as well.
Please give what you can to help Dain and Phil deal with the financial implications of this stressful and scary process, so they can focus on their health and wellness. Anything that you can give will make an impact. Feel free to share our story to help us raise the funds. Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, and generosity.