Help Save Kevin Hoffman's Life
Organized by: Doris Hoffman
Thomas is my hero.He is donating a kidney to me, Kevin Hoffman. I am calling on you, my friends and family because we are artists and teachers and although we both have careers and insurance this process is incredibly expensive. I want to do whatever I can to help ease the burden on him as he gives me the gift of life. By contributing to this campaign you are helping Thomas save my life. Thank you. Thank you from Carmen, my partner of 20 years. Thank you from Cuauhtémoc, my four-year-old son and thank you from Itzel, my one-year-old daughter. Thank you from my students, thank you from the people who have enjoyed my music, thank you from all those I may touch with my work. In 2006 I was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy. This is a genetic immune system disorder that attacks the glomeruli, the small capillaries in the kidney that filter the blood. Although I took a variety of medication and endured two grueling courses of IV immunosuppressive drugs nothing worked. My nephrologist at the time, Charles Zacham, finally said to me, "Kevin yours are not the kind of kidneys we try to save." Transplant is the only option for me. My kidneys were operating at less than 10% from 2012 until they failed completely in 2014. I have been on dialysis ever since. Although this has been a challenging time, I feel very fortunate to have a community of support and a friend like Thomas. We have known each other since 1996 when we were both working musicians in the Houston jazz scene. When I told him about my desperate situation he did not hesitate to volunteer. He is a true hero, a man of such integrity and generosity. I am humbled by his kindness. We are asking to raise $15,000.00. I feel that this may seem like a lot, but the procedure is taking place at the Nebraska Medical Center, the transplant center for my region. For example, his stay at the Nebraska Sleep Center, the hospital housing, may cost up to $9000 if he needs an entire month to recover. We are expecting it to take at least three weeks before Thomas can go home. He and his wife Veronica's travel from Houston will cost approximately $1000.00. Then there is his and Veronica's lost wages. This totals another estimated $8000 for a month of not working. We are asking for your support, but we know that times are tight and resources are scarce so we would like to offer you an array of gifts as tokens of our profound appreciation for your generosity. These come not only from the work of Thomas and myself, but also from the studios of fellow creatives including visual artists, improvisers, composers, sculptors and social practice artists. The objects offered here reflect the broad sphere of influence that Thomas and I have had on an international community of makers. Perhaps these gifts might serve as mementos of the life you have helped to save.