Help Michael Riggs & Family
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4 Years running
Family & friends are uniting in raising money to support Michael & family while he battles End Stage Liver Disease/Hepatic Encephalopathy (ESLD/HE). He is currently waiting for a liver transplant as it is the only available cure. Please show your support! More ...

Michael is 42yrs old, a successful entrepreneur, a father of three and a wonderful husband. He is a provider and giver with a proven track record in helping others and being there for them in their time of need. It is not in Michael’s nature to be the one who has to ask for help. Michael is a hardworking man that has always been self-sufficient, he would never ask for anything from anyone. The family is dealing with so much right now and new obstacles continue to pop up daily. Michael’s attitude and strength have been amazing as he continues to bravely battle this disease.

It is for this reason alone, that we hesitate in letting others know of the needs…

Michael was diagnosed with non-alcohol induced End Stage Liver Disease with Hepatic Encephalopathy and given two years to live April 2, 2012. His only hope for a future is a liver transplant.

Over the last two years, as Michael’s health has declined, the family has had to overcome many obstacles. Both businesses owned by Michael had to be closed due to his growing disability, he has had to undergo two major back surgeries, his health has declined dramatically and he will be undergoing treatment much like chemotherapy in the very near future. 

Financial burdens continue to mount and payment of just basic monthly bills has become difficult.

Evaluation for a liver transplant, receiving a liver transplant, and recovering from the procedure takes time, commitment, and is unique to each patient. The process for transplant is rather lengthy and tedious. There is a scoring system called a MELD that identifies if an individual is sick enough to undergo a transplant. In basic terms, you have to be too sick to survive without a new liver but not too sick that you’ll die during transplant. There is a 1 in 10 chance that a liver patient will die on the transplant table.

In the United States alone there are more than 200,000 cases of liver failure leading to over 40,000 deaths annually. Chronic liver disease affects between 5 and 10 percent of Americans and is the eleventh leading cause of death (Klein, 2010).

Unfortunately this journey hasn’t really even begun. The family has to hurry up and wait for Michael to grow sick enough to be eligible for a liver transplant. In the meantime the family searchs for ways to pay bills and afford basic needs with no income. The family has been very fortunate and blessed over the years with the outpouring support from community, friends and family. The need for help will continue until Michael has recovered from his transplant.

The following are monthly needs:
Monthly bills: $2500+
Non-food grocery items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc): $100
Clothing: $100
Medical Expenses: $150
Travel Expenses: $300

The family faces a lot of uncertainty and unfortunately there is no set timeline for the transplant process. The family just has to wait and pray that all needs will be provided for.

After transplant Michael will be required to take anti-rejection medication for the rest of his life.
The medications alone could cost as much as $5,000 per month, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

The family has found themselves in a position where they desperately need the help, prayers, encouragement and support from others to carry them through this journey.

Please consider helping the family with a small donation.

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