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Walter 'BEAR' Bennett is in END STAGE Renal Failure and needs a Kidney Transplant. Aside from Chronic Kidney Disease, he has lost partial vision to Diabetic/Hypertensive Retinopathy which is irreversible. During the past 18 months

Walter 'BEAR' Bennett is in END STAGE Renal Failure and needs a Kidney Transplant. Aside from Chronic Kidney Disease, he has lost partial vision to Diabetic/Hypertensive Retinopathy which is irreversible. It is now two (2) years, suffering battle after battle, winning and declining. He faces this illness and total disability as he has faced every other adversity in his life, by fighting.

This journey we face as a family has been devastating and debilitating, it has drained us emotionally and incapacitated us financially.
Twenty four (24) months ago he woke up to vision loss, his blood pressure dangerously high and the beginning of Kidney Disease diagnosed in Stage 2.

We were just barely rebounding from a long, three year economic loss and still not having health insurance he went back to the VA Hospital for his care. It made sense, he served his country, earned his benefits but the economy had not only changed our lives it changed the benefits that are available. Now that he is severely ill his care is crucial.

His Kidney Disease progressed from Stage 2 to END Stage/5 by November 2012. He suffers severe anemia because his body can no longer produce red blood cells, edema is a constant enemy as is hypertension. He no longer can produce platlettes in the blood. The Kidney Disease has affected his heart, it can not function near full capacity another continual threat.  He is constantly fatigued, requies assisted care/wheelchair and his Renal dietary needs are extremely costly.  We are required to use civilian facilities as well as the VA.
The journey to a transplant is a long one, we pray for a live Donor. He started peritoneal dialysis on May 17, 2013 it is very involved, more than anticipated and extremely overwhelming. He is hooked up to the dialysis 9 hours per night, every night.
Walter is 100% disabled.
After Walter was diagnosed, I lost my job April 4, 2012 and have been unemployed since, my days are filled with doctors, hospitals and caring for him.  I am unable to return to work until he becomes strong & well again.  One can never anticipate the magnitude of levels of care needed as the disease progresses.

He needs a Transplant aftercare fund in place in accordance with the American Kidney Foundation part of transplant criteria. Also, we must have funds set aside for the live donor for any costs not covered by the VA.
It humbles me to have to come to terms with the magnitude of Walter's disease and our financial inabilities. We come from hard working backgrounds, we have worked since we were young teenagers, we taught our sons the same values and now we find ourselves in a devastating position. There are always daily urgent needs and fighting this fight alone is beyond devasting.  Whether we are rich or poor doesn't matter when it comes to illness, the needs are there and the bottom line is we need to maintain funds for his care therefore, WE NEED YOU!

First and foremost we ask for prayer, this man has always been strong, a great husband and an absolutely awesome father. He has always been a good friend and never said no to anyone for anything, even in the worst times, he worked for free to help others.

We ask for any contribution you are comfortable with even if it's only a dollar or two, it will all be greatly appreciated.  PLEASE SHARE HIS STORY BECOME A DONOR!   JOIN THIS YEARS KIDNEY WALKS!!

It is with great despair this fundraiser is extended. WE MUST REACH OUR GOAL!   Please share this fundraiser on your Facebook pages, in email, blogs. Please get it out there because without all of you, there will be no us!  If anyone has fundrasing ideas that can help I welcome them!

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