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Gualberto's Kidney Transplant Fund

Organized by: Christine McCabe

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And so it begins
June 26, 2016

Berto was admitted to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning last Tuesday. He remains in the hospital where they have stabilized him and See More

THE STORY:

Juan Gualberto “Berto” Veliz

What can I say about Berto?  He is a man with a constant smile. He’s humble, compassionate, caring, giving, and passionate about his family, work, and God.  Berto is a thinker.  An artist, creative, and talented.  Berto is a man of many ideas. 

Berto a very private man. He hasn’t shared his problems or struggles except with a close few people.  Those who absolutely needed to know.

His deep faith in God has carried him through these many years as he struggled with this illness. 

What more can I say about Berto?

Berto is dying.  His body is shutting down on him. This selfless man who allows me to steal his time when I want to talk about things that don’t amount to much or when I ask for his help to work around one of my problems. Yet, he’s the one who really needs the time and help to solve his problem. 

He’s running out of time. 

You see, Berto has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).  More specifically, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).

Since June of 2009 when he was diagnosed with FSGS, he has continued his medical care and followed the medical recommendations for sustained and improved function.  For a number of years his kidney function stayed around 25%.  In 2015, it took a significant dip. He held 12-14% for almost 12 solid months.  Frankly, that is impressive.  Now, 6 years to the month and at the age of 45, he’s at Stage 5 (End Stage Renal Disease or ESRD) with 6% kidney function. 

It’s bad. Really bad. 

He needs dialysis, he needs it now!  There is no waiting period.  He needs a transplant.  If he doesn’t get either, he will die. 

Still there I have hope! 

Berto has been blessed with a living donor.  Terms of a transplant have been negotiated. This is where my hope kicks in.

This blessing costs a large sum of money - $200,000. It’s a lot for one man to handle alone. It’s a small difference in our day to day life.  When we come together, people like you and like me, we can make a big change in this man’s life and his children’s lives too.  

That’s why I created this page, this team – Team Berto – to uplift, encourage, to give back and to provide hope for a man who has given so much, so deeply and so unselfishly. A father with 5 children. A man without any other options because of a broken system – a system that lacks human compassion and basic humanity. A Godly man.

I refuse to believe his only option is to die. I believe he has the right to live!  I refuse to believe all hope is lost. I believe that because of you, all hope is found!  I do believe in BERTO. I DO believe in YOU.  Please give to keep hope alive.  You are literally helping save this man's life. Join Team Berto! Together, we are the difference we want to see in this world.  

Every donation helps and every donation matters.  Your prayers and words of encouragement matter too.

Thank you.

Donations may be personally delivered or mailed to:

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

207 E. Main Street

Madisonville, Texas 77864

Fundraiser Account:  Juan Gualberto Veliz Kidney Fund

or at any Wells Fargo Bank location

You may also:

Donate directly here by clicking on the orange Donate To this Fundraiser icon located at the upper right side of the screen.

Any questions concerning donations may be directed to 832-445-4130

$15,250

 

8% Raised of $185,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Scott McCabe & Bobby Miller

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rosa-Cardoza Farms

    $500

  • John & Monica Wissinger

    $50

  • Roberto & Celene Magallanes

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Ashley Heffernan

    $25

  • BAH! Design, Inc.

    $1,000

  • Bill and Darlene Fitzhenry

    $100

  • Julie Bernell

    $100

  • Geraldo Anchondo

    $50

  • David Hurley, Jennifer Hurley and John-John Darnold

    $100

  • TeamG

    $100

  • The Higleys

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jason P. Maxwell

    $200

  • Bobby Duncan family

     

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • D & M Mitchell - Cottonwood Olive Ranch

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sarah and Charles McGuire

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $109

  • Patrons of Variepades Esther

    $92

  • Anonymous

    $16

  • Patrons of Taco Place - Madisonville

    $99

  • Paul and Yvonne Rascol

    $100

  • Variepades Esther

    $89

  • Anonymous

    $7

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Patrons of Taco Place - Madsionville

    $28

  • Love Offering - Church

    $392

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Love Offering - Church

    $100

  • Variedades Esther

    $60

  • Jose Cabrera

    $500

  • Love Offering - Church

    $148

  • Church - Garage Sale & pupusa sales

    $1,129

  • Mr. and Mrs. Weidmann

    $25

  • Veronica Grooms

     

  • Sam Jacobson

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Wendy

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Janine & Jessie Flecha

    $250

  • James M. Vea

    $25

  • Miscellaneous Donations, Fundraisers and donor contributions

    $5,841

  • Anonymous

    $200

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Organized by

Christine McCabe

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

9 months ago

Miscellaneous Donations, Fundraisers and donor contributions

Miscellaneous Donations, Fundraisers and donor contributions

DONATION: $5,841

10 months ago

James M. Vea

James M. Vea

DONATION: $25

11 months ago

Janine & Jessie Flecha

Janine & Jessie Flecha

DONATION: $250

Berto has been wonderful in helping my get my brothers olive orchard up and healthy. 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Wendy

Wendy

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $25

Prayers for Berto 1 year ago

Sam Jacobson

Sam Jacobson

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Veronica Grooms

Veronica Grooms

1 year ago

Mr. and Mrs. Weidmann

Mr. and Mrs. Weidmann

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

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