This is Kurt and his girlfriend Whitney. Kurt has been diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Chlolangitis (PCS) which is a disease that causes your liver to stop working. This has left Kurt very sick with the disease progressing faster than ever. His model for End-Stage Liver Disease has more than doubled in just a few months.
You probably don't know Kurt. You probably don't know that he's 23 years old, loves to play softball, snowboard and is a really positive, happy person. He's also someone's son, brother, and friend.
This video was made by Kyle, Kurt's older brother. I found it powerful and deeply moving:
Right now Kurt is waiting for a liver transplant. Fortunately, this is a rare case where if he does receive a new liver he will be cured of the disease. Liver transplants are very expensive and Insurance only pays a portion of the cost.
After the transplant, Kurt will be in a long recovery process which will leave him unable to work for several months. He needs help financially in every aspect of his life from medical to living expenses. The cost of the transplant alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars.
You don't have to know Kurt to help him, even the smallest donation will make a difference.
To make a donation to Kurt's medical fund you can go here!
If you'd rather send your donation by mail:
"In honor of Kurt Garrett" (please include this in the memo line so it goes to his fund)
NFT California Transplant Fund
5350 Poplar Ave, Suite 430
RBI's For Kurt: Kurt's softball team has come up with RBIs for Kurt as a way to help him out. They're asking local businesses to donate a dollar for every run they score this season and in return they'll shout you out on the website. PLEASE like the RBI's For Kurt facebook page and let your friends know about it!
To "LIKE" the RBI's For Kurt page go here!
If you're in the Santa Cruz California area this weekend:
WHAT: Benefit for Santa Cruz's Kurt Garrett, who is in need of a liver transplant because his disease, called primary sclerosing cholangitis, has damaged his bile ducts.
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday March 11, 2012
WHERE: Java Junction coffee shop at 580-A River St., Santa Cruz.
DETAILS: Java Junction will donate 50 percent of all its sales on Sunday to help offset costs related to Garrett's liver transplant, which could cost upward of $575,000. The coffee shop will feature live music. For information about the benefit, call 426-2128 or find Java Junction Roasting on Facebook.
*To learn more about Kurt read this article!
We love you Kurt!!