We went to Iowa with child like faith and the hope that we could actually do this. We had thought through some of the obstacles which were mostly monetary, but there are also child care issues and other degrees of difficulty. The obstacles did not seem to matter when getting listed in Iowa was just a possibility, they are staring us in the face now that we are listed.
The purpose of this blog was to document the journey in real time in an attempt to show others how they could accomplish similar results. We promised to show the pros and the cons in detail, to provide an accurate picture of what is required. Thus far, the good is that we accomplished the listing, the bad is that we are going to have to do some extremely detailed planning, and the ugly is that we still need to raise more money to make this transplant happen.
We feel that we have some time, but we are also constantly reminded that the call could come any day. It is gut check time. Can we really do this? The answer is absolutely yes, we cannot turn back now.
We have started our second round of fundraising and have about one week left to go. The response has been awesome and we are encouraged and blessed to have such a good support system. It is not easy to ask for financial support, but it is vital. We believe the single biggest obstacle for others will be raising the funds to get their transplant, so we are taking this on and documenting the results to show it is possible.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support. I will continue to post, for now, we wait and raise funds like crazy. We will do this!