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Saving Joey - Four Organ Transplant Needed

Organized by: Matthew Gotowski

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THE STORY:

Our son Joey is one of the bravest people I know. He has struggled his whole life with devastating medical obstacles. At birth he was diagnosed with an intestinal disease. In his first year of life he had three major surgeries. The first was when he was less than 72 hours old. The second, which lasted nine hours, was when he was only six months old. Reaching his birthday was quite a milestone. Things were up and down from there. In first grade he had another major setback and lost more of his bowel. After that, things seemed to reach a plateau. However, this would not last long. In third grade Joey suffered a more severe problem with his bowel. The doctors tried to save his bowel, but he was left with only 55cm. At this point his doctors suggested a bowel transplant. It was at this time that we traveled to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for a transplant evaluation. In August of 2004 he was placed on the waiting list. We waited until September of 2005 for the call that Joey would get his transplant. Things seemed to improve for a while. Then in July of 2008 we received a devastating diagnosis- Joey had cancer. Luckily we caught it early. Joey received two rounds of chemotherapy. Once again this was yet another hurdle to overcome. Joey’s health has had many twists and turns-too many to record here. Nothing prepared us for the next steps in Joey’s journey. In September of 2013, Joey suffered yet another setback with a severe rejection episode. He spent the rest of 2013 and most of 2014 in the hospital. The doctors fought to save the transplant; however, in September of 2014 the transplanted bowel had to be removed. During this time Joey was so ill and even lost his ability to walk and use his hands for a period of time. This was a time of extreme emotional and financial strain. This brings us to today. Joey has been placed back on the transplant waiting list. Right now Joey is being kept alive by IV nutrition and fluids. However his liver is failing, so this complicates things. He is now listed for a four organ transplant- small and large intestines, liver, and pancreas. This will be done in one operation. Please help Joey in his fight and the medical bills that await. Right now he is waiting for the call that will hopefully give him another chance at a healthy life.

$6,320

 

32% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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  • Susan and Jim Eichmann and family

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Cuz KG

    $100

  • Kevin L. Biddle

    $50

  • Erin Turvey

    $50

  • Tess Hayward and family

    $100

  • Sharon Booth

    $25

  • Eric Sevareid

    $100

  • Sam Bristol

    $50

  • Carol

     

  • Kevin Ream

    $20

  • Len and Carol Bogan

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Michelle Rudy

    $25

  • Kyleighs Grandpa

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Kristofer Koudelka

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Josh

    $40

  • The Kindt Family

    $30

  • Katya

    $25

  • Debbie Snow

    $50

  • Mike and Michelle Stewart

     

  • Anonymous artley

    $50

  • Derrick Ellis

    $20

  • RAYNA CARNEY

    $25

  • Max

    $30

  • Megan Risdal

    $50

  • Angela Hoffman

    $25

  • Helen Klinger

    $50

  • The Wolfgangs

    $500

  • Mike Milici

    $150

  • Iara Mantenuto

    $100

  • Mike Senlick

    $40

  • Nikos

    $10

  • Jordan

    $10

  • Teresa Heagy

    $20

  • Brian and Meghan Milici

    $75

  • Anonymous

     

  • Todd Jerry

    $50

  • Austin and Jennifer Ream

    $100

  • Piotr Krolikowski

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Alyssa Heisey

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • CDG

    $25

  • Melissa Marchalonis

    $100

  • Charles Piazza

    $500

  • Jessica Nemshick

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Deacon Tom Lang

    $100

  • richard abel

    $100

  • George Kohlweiler

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Gratkowski

    $50

  • Mary White Ream

    $100

  • Carolyn Astfalk

    $25

  • Bryan B

    $20

  • Jessica Rosas

    $25

  • LJ fahnestock

    $40

  • Vanessa R

     

  • Allison Kershner

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Marianne Switaj

    $100

  • Stavenski Family

    $50

  • Elizabeth Harvey

    $10

  • Zachary Holtzman

    $100

  • Jack Cloonan

    $25

  • Marianne Blaisdell Gansley

    $50

  • Susanne and Steve Moran

    $50

  • Kari Larson

    $100

  • The Warner Family

    $50

  • Betsy Allen

    $50

  • Audra Kershner

    $10

  • Jean-Paul Benowitz

    $25

  • Mark Wasilewski & Shelby Class

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Danielle Hummer

    $100

  • The Nygard Family

    $50

  • Wendy

    $100

  • David Neff

    $50

  • Roxiann Sirna

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jared Edgerton & Meagan Schneiderman

    $10

  • Lee Patkos

    $100

  • Karen Davis

    $100

  • Beth and Charlie Marder

     

  • Amy

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Rachel Diamond

    $25

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Organized by

Matthew Gotowski

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Rachel Diamond

Rachel Diamond

DONATION: $25

7 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

7 months ago

Amy

Amy

DONATION: $100

So proud of you, your spirit is eternal 1 year ago

Beth and Charlie Marder

Beth and Charlie Marder

We are praying for Joey 2 years ago

Karen Davis

Karen Davis

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Lee Patkos

Lee Patkos

DONATION: $100

Praying for you 2 years ago

Jared Edgerton & Meagan Schneiderman

Jared Edgerton & Meagan Schneiderman

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

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