Brian Lowell Bivens
Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Brian Lowell Bivens is awaiting a new lease on life. He began having issues with kidney failure in 2017, due to diabetic complications related to his prescribed medication. He was forced to begin four hour dialysis treatments three days a week. Dialysis treatments leave him exhausted and take a toll on his quality of life. Now, Brian has developed stage five renal failure, and doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. Brian will continue to endure regular dialysis treatments until a kidney is found.
During such a challenging time, Brian is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His beautiful wife, Bonnie, his three children, family, and friends have been by his side every step of the way, providing much needed love and encouragement. While it’s been very hard for Brian and Bonnie, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. Before Brian’s health began to decline, he enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, attending church, and spending time with his loved ones, but these days, his activities are quite limited. Brian looks forward to the transplant that will give his energy back so that he can live his life again. He wants nothing more than to spend many more years with his family, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Brian’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $442,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Brian.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Kansas Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Brian Bivens” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: University of Kansas Hospital