Rob Wieland spoke to the Stryker Rotary Club as a guest of his father Terry. Rob has been diagnosed with Stage 5 renal failure and is receiving dialysis for the last four years. He receives his dialysis in Bryan three times per week for four to four and one half hour sessions. He is also very careful to avoid contracting a cold as it can easily lead to pneumonia.
Rob is in need of a kidney transplant and has been placed on three donor lists. Once on these lists the wait for a kidney is generally at least three years and can be as much as eight years. The medication required both before and after this procedure is very expensive. Rob is currently required to take 14 pills each day. Rob said the medication following the transplant can range from $1,200 to $1,500 per month. He also said in his case the surgery is covered by Medicare but the hospital stay, other related hospital costs, and medications must come from some other source. He and others have been holding fund raising activities on his behalf to help offset some of those medical costs.
The Stryker Rotary Club is holding a Mother’s Day dinner on May 10, 2015 at Springfield Township Park with all proceeds to be added to the fund to help with Rob’s medical expenses. Thrivent Financial is also providing matching funds for this event. All Stryker Rotary Members are selling tickets for the fund raiser and all tickets must be purchased in advance. If you’d like a good Mother’s Day meal at a reasonable price while supporting a very good cause see a Stryker Rotarian.
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