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A chance for Randy
$840 raised
6% of $15k goal
15 contributors
4 Years running

My name is Randy and I suffer from life threatening intestinal obstructions. In 1997 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. After four years of harsh medical treatment and suffering with serious side effects the end result was removal of my entire colon with a follow up J pouch surgery using my small intestine. Scar tissue has caused this to fail.

My intestine has become mangled and twisted with massive scar tissue resulting from several surgeries I have had to have causing very painful and dangerous obstructions. The obstructions occur high in my intestine in a very delicate spot. Because of this a surgeon specializing in these kind of surgeries is needed.

The day my gastroenterologist came to me in the hospital and said, "Randy there is nothing more I can do for you," was the most devastating day of my life. At first I was stunned. Then reality set in. What will I tell my wife, my children, my granddaughter? I have never been so afraid or cried so hard in my life..

I immediately began to look for options. The only option is to travel to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio to see a special surgeon for a very delicate surgery to try to save my life. My issue is now financial. I have worked the same job for over 25 years and have just recently gone on disability through my work.. My employer has been very patient with me, but the bottom line is with two or more hospital stays per month over the last several years, my employer felt disabiltiy was my best option. My employer has worked well with me, but I realize they do have a business to run. With the reduction in income and the numerous visits to the hospital which are required to unplug my intestine, which is extremely painfull, my family and I are suffering severe financial hardship. Daily I wake in fear wondering if this will be the day my obstruction and cannot be unplugged and my life will end. These obstructions have taken over my life and the lives of my family. I need this surgery. I'm asking you to search your hearts and help me survive. I am still a young man in my forties and I have a lot to offer to the world. Please donate to this cause. Help me to live. God Bless You.

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