Raising money to help pay some leftover medical bills for my son, Noah - sales through marketplace
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/4379532#4379532, my son Noah has some very serious medical issues and our insurance (sadly) has not covered everything. Since I've been jobless now for over a year, I'm selling a few games to raise some funds. BGG will be paid their rightful share, of course.
For those who want to follow Noah's progress/story, please check out our CaringBridge site - updated by Tracy, my wife: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/noahdresden
Noah is my 4-month old son. He was born on August 10th, 5 weeks prematurely and it was discovered that he had a Jejunal Atresia (which is a completely closed portion of his small intestine, as if it had been crimped off by a crimper) and a Malrotated Volvulus (which is a fancy way of saying a twisted piece of intestine - in his case it was nearly a 720 degree twist, which is normally very serious. If it were twisted even a half-inch more, large portions of his bowels would have been without blood supply and he probably would not have survived very long after birth.) Thankfully the skillful surgeons at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis repaired his damages. However, after a few weeks at the hospital, it was recognized that his Liver was not at all functioning properly - it wasn't processing and draining out Bile and Noah's direct Bilirubin was climbing. They did a Cholangiogram (which is a scan and flushing of his Liver) to determine if he also had what's called Biliary Atresia (there's that word - I've grown to loathe it). Biliary Atresia is basically a blocked or non-functioning portion of his Biliary Tree, which is all these minute pathways or pipes, if you will, that allow and help his Liver to process and drain Bile. It's extremely rare for a child to even have both a Jejunal Atresia AND a Malrotated Volvulus let alone to also have Biliary Atresia. Anyway, they had a 3rd surgery to perform a Modified Kasai procedure. A normal Kasai Procedure is where they take a portion of his intestines and attach it to his Liver, past where it isn't draining to where it might be draining, to help his Liver sort of cheat and drain Bile regardless of the damage. In his case they performed at less-potent but perhaps easier (on him) modified version where they use the Gall Bladder to help drain Bile. Sadly, after coming home for 2+ weeks finally, his test results were heading the wrong way and our specialist had him go to a new surgeon, one of the best at Kasai procedures and after a consult with him, it was decided to go in, remove the wimpier version of the Kasai and do a full-blown one. A Kasai is really just a delaying tactic to help a child grown a lot more before eventually (in most cases) needing a Liver transplant, which Noah will most likely need at some point. So he's now resting at the Amplatz Children's Hospital (not to be confused with the Children's Hospital chain, this one is tied to the U of M) before returning home. Some of his early test results seem to already be showing some improvement so we're extremely hopeful that this procedure may already be working, to some extent.
AUCTION CLOSED!! THANKS TO EVERYONE, THIS HAS BEEN AMAZING!!
UPDATE - I AM CURRENTLY FINISHING UP MY MASSIVE LIST OF DONATED GAMES, SELLERS, AND BUYERS ALONG WITH WHO HAS PAID FOR THEIR GAMES. I ANTICIPATE FINISHING UP TONIGHT WITH SOME MESSAGES GOING OUT THIS EVENING AND MANY, MANY MORE TOMORROW TO LET SELLERS KNOW WHO HAS PAID. THIS HAS GONE SLOWER THAN ANTICIPATED, MY APOLOGIES TO EVERYONE.
I am extending this Auction until Thursday, December 31st 2009, at 11pm CST due to the incredible amount of interest. I wasn't sure if I should extend because I don't want anyone to think I was milking this but it's been pointed out that it'll give people more time over the holidays to get a chance to bid and win some great games at a great price.
We have resubmitted some bills to Medical Assistance and if any of those are covered, I'll be putting most of the extra $$ from this auction, that doesn't help pay for those bills, into a separate account for Noah and his daily and future needs.
If you'd like to donate directly, feel free to use my PayPal email: Wytefang@gmail.com - but really, I cherish the kind words and even just a supportive message just as much, you don't have to donate anything. It's incredibly comforting to hear such amazing words of support from my fellow gaming geeks - the best people in the world.
WHAT TO DO AT THE END OF THE AUCTION:
Contact the SELLER of the game you have won about how they wish to handle payment. If you're sending the payment directly to my PayPal account (Wytefang@gmail.com), please make a note saying what game the money is for AND who you bought the game from. Thank you SO much.
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