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A medical fund forCameron Whitley

$8,234 given of $10,000 goal

A Kidney for Cam

Started by: C Kriesel-Roth

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Update 10/13/16: Cameron will be getting a new kidney on October 20th. A longtime friend will be donating her kidney to him. Cameron and his wife will be paying for his friends non-medical expenses (most importantly-loss of income for 6 weeks).

Cameron Whitley is a scholar, author, artist and activist. He is currently in the final stages of getting a PhD in sociology. Among other fabulous things, Cam is the co-editor of the award-winning book "Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People."

In 2015, Cameron received a very unexpected diagnosis of kidney failure likely due to a childhood illness. His diagnosis is critical and he is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. The amazing news is that he's been cleared to be a transplant recipient and has three potential matches! He is thankful to his community that rallied to find potential donors. Now begins the journey of turning "potential" into reality.

As you can imagine, the cost of this journey is significant. Cam does have insurance, yet the out of pocket expenses are staggering. Over the past year, Cam has had weekly (often biweekly) medical appointments and numerous advanced tests all while living-off of graduate student stipends and using student insurance. Cam is currently trying to finish his PhD. His wife recently finished her PhD and got a job, but Cam is still a student. Beyond paying Cameron's medical expenses, Cam and his wife are responsible for the expenses of potential donors (transportation, housing, initial testing, surgery copays and incidentals, 2 weeks of post-surgery aftercare, loss of income, etc.) which will likely top $25,000- that's if the first donor testing proves a match; approximately $8,000 more per potential donor if additional donors need to be tested at the University of Pennsylvania. That's all before Cam even leaves the hospital after having a transplant. Out of pocket expenses for initial in-home care and follow-up appointments will be a reality, and additional aftercare expenses are dependent upon the willingness of Cam's body to accept the kidney. In most cases, kidney recipients have appointments twice a week until medication and stabilization occurs which can take up to 6 months.

Cameron has been a force of nature in our community. It is our turn to offer him the power of our combined love and support. In the event that not all raised funds are needed, they will be donated to A Gift for Life, thereby helping another person find a living donor.

Latest Update

Cameron and Angela are in surgery right now.

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October 20 at 8:48am

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MED UPDATE: WE GOT THT CALL! Melanie and I would like to announce that we are expecting a "kid"ney transplant on October 20, 2016. The operating room is booked! I go in for pre-testing on October 10th. Angela will be the donor. I'm going to be like a real lego man. #igotthecall #akidbeyforcam #kidney #legokidney

Posted by C

September 30 at 4:35pm

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🌟 One More Way to Support Cam🌟💫 Ruby Apple Jewelry has created Kidney Awareness earrings in support of Cam. They are donating 100% of the proceeds to A Kidney for Cam fund. Please pop over to Ruby Apple on Etsy to buy a pair and lend your support. https://www.etsy.com/listing/449350062/kidney-awareness-earrings-925-sterling?

Posted by C

June 27 at 9:11pm

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We've had some great questions about why Cameron needs financial help as he has insurance. We'll post more info soon; for now, here's a snapshot of a recent convo.

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May 20 at 9:53am

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Cameron's update from Monday, May 16th- MED UPDATE: It is time to start dialysis. We had a meeting with the doc last week and my kidneys have failed too fast to stay off dialysis until a transplant is ready. I'm feeling lots of thing, anger, frustration, sick, sad, and scared mixed with hopeful and thankful to have options. We just finished at the dialysis workshop. Tonight Melanie Whitley and I will be making sandwiches for the homeless. I'll post more later.

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May 19 at 7:27pm

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A note from Cam: The letter below was posted by Mara Abbott on Facebook. She was the first potential donor who was tested and advanced past the first stage of testing. Mara and I have been friends for about 30 years. She was one of my first (if not first) friends. Mara wanted to share her experience with you all. Her story is heartwarming and inspirational. I love this woman lots! ♥️ "Dear friends, Early this year I posted a link to help my dear friend Cameron find a kidney donor match in the hopes that someone would be so kind as to fill out the form to at least be considered as a donor. What I didn’t share is that back in January I filled out the form and passed the initial screening. I was contacted by the UPenn transplant team and began further screening here at home. I donated blood at Bonfils so I could..." This posting site won't let us paste the whole letter. To read the rest of Mara's story, please visit: http://akidneyforcam.weebly.com/blog/a-donors-story-by-mara-abbott

Posted by C

May 19 at 7:16pm

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Oops! We listed an incorrect email address. Please drop us a line at: akidneyforcam@gmail.com Thanks oodles, Christa

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May 3 at 3:11pm

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MED UPDATE (SAD NEWS): The first donor who had passed the first two stages has been ruled out. On closer examination, he/she does not have a kidney function high enough to be able to donate. Basically, he/she needs both kidneys. This was a hard moment for Melanie Whitley, the donor and myself. So, what does this mean? Well, it means that the donor team will be looking at the next donor. Mel and I do not know who this person is. We were in contact with the first donor as he/she reached out to us. This process will continue until a donor is identified. (NEW SHORT BLOG POST WITH LINK BELOW) http://akidneyforcam.weebly.com/blog

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April 23 at 8:00am

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A note from Cameron: We have a kidney donor who has passed level 1 and level 2. She/he is now onto level 3. If she/he passes we will schedule surgery. Thanks to Christa K-r and Jim Davis Rosenthal for starting a campaign to cover some of the expenses. As you might not know, Mel and I are responsible for all donor expenses, plus all of our own medical costs. I am overwhelmed by how generous and wonderful people have been. First, you all shared widely to help me find a donor. I AM SO THANKFUL. Now you all are helping me raise money for medical costs. I feel so very blessed, loved and thankful.

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April 9 at 2:24pm

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Katherine Baker — 1 year ago

Looking forward to many more years of friendship :)

Meghan Hunt Pineda — 1 year ago

We're so happy for the good news!!!! We'll continue our prayers for more positive outcomes!

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  • Sheila Evans19 weeks ago Best wishes.
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  • Lorelei35 weeks ago I love you, Cam and Mel! Thank you so much, Angela!
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