||[Jun. 4th, 2010|04:01 pm]
HELP DON GET A NEW LIVER!|
Many of you know or know of donwaughesq he's been on here a long time as well as other social networks. He's had a horrible year. He's got liver failure and has been in the hospital and on top of that his wife recently passed away unexpectedly.
He needs help.
Please visit the site below and donate if you can. They're already HALFWAY to raising the $10K to get Don the necessary help and treatment but they still need about $5k more. Even the smallest amounts will help. If you can give $1.00, please do so,...if you can give $20.00 please do so. Anything helps.
Don's been an amazing friend to many people and a huge supporter of the artists and music he loves. It's time to give a little back, as I know he'd do the same for so many of us.
Spread the word!!!!! THANKS!
DON'S STORY (from the website)
Don Waugh has always been the most optimistic person I have ever met. Despite multiple health problems, including being mostly deaf as well as having Autoimmune Hepatitis (specifically Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis), ulcerative colitis, and hyperthyroidism, he has fought his entire life to overcome these obstacles and be a hard worker, a fantastic supportive friend, and an inspiration to everyone he meets. In 2004, his liver began to fail, and in March of this year it has escalated to stage 4 liver failure and he is only 40 years old. On March 5th he posted videos on Facebook saying his goodbyes to his friends and loved ones. He wished everyone well and told everyone that everything would be ok, despite his impending death. He was fighting, but he was ready for what seemed to be inevitable.
He survived the hospital stay, but went on the donor list for a new liver. He never wanted a handout, and he hated the fact that he needed to be on disability in order to get on the donor list, but he did. With his wife’s help, he began the process of getting a new liver. He looked forward to going back to work and getting on with his life. All of his friends and his employer, Starbucks in Parkside Mall rallied around him. Well wishes and donations were sent, and everyone was pulling for him. His wife, Kim worked tirelessly to take care of him—making sure bills were paid, laundry was done, and their apartment they shared was well kept.
On Saturday, April 17th, his wife Kim suffered a stroke. She passed away on Sunday, April 18th at the age of 38.
No one would have been shocked if it was Don, but no one expected Kim to suddenly pass away. Now Don’s main support is gone. Kim also left behind an 18 year old daughter who is finishing high school at night and online and working. She is looking for a place to live in Brandon, but is staying with Don short term. She is beginning college after completing her high school education. It is now Don who makes sure she is enrolled in school and living in a stable apartment. Although he has more health issues than many face in a lifetime, he is the one who takes care of her and offers support to others when they need it.
Now with the help of the National Transplant Assistance Fund, he is trying to raise money for a new liver. He was never good at asking for help, but he’s getting used to asking for it now.
If there is ever a human interest story of strength and love this is it.