Fundraiser set for Cedar City resident in need of kidney transplant
For iron County Today
In September 2010, Cedar City native, Eric Stapley had a manual seizure that changed his life forever.
His mother found him rushed him to the hospital where life flight took him to Salt Lake City. After many tests, the cause was not found until months later when his first symptoms showed the diagnosis of Granulomatosis, with polyangittis (previously known has Wegener’s) — an autoimmune disease that typically attacks the sinuses, lungs, and kidneys.
In Eric’s case however, it also attacked his brain.
These last 7 years have just been a series of doctors’ visits to prolog his life. A simple col can land in the hospital for a few days. He has had a surgery to help him breathe and multiple attempts at fistula just so that he could do dialysis.
Since December he has been doing dialysis. It is a short-term solution to extend his life until a kidney transplant is available. The good news is after months of waiting, his name has finally been added to the transplant list. Now it is just a waiting game for someone to match with him.
As trials are placed before us, we do all we can to work through them with grace and a positive attitude—Eric has done just that. His life has been turned upside down, but he still continues to press forward with determination, never complaining as most of this time is spent at dialysis or at a doctor’s office. So, it is with great humility we are seeking help so we can move forward in getting the necessary surgery to give his life purpose again. So, he can once again enjoy the small things in life that we take for granted.
We are having a fundraiser in his honor Aug. 19 at the Brick House Café. We are hoping that our fundraiser will make enough money to help with the unexpected cost of bills, lodging and travel for family to take care of both Eric and the wonderful person who ends up donating their kidney. We are so grateful to those who have donated their time and efforts already and grateful to those who will attend. If you cannot attend, but want to help with a donation, you can deliver donations to: any Wells Fargo branch, Jensen’s Vacuum and Sewing on Main Street or gofundme.com/my-older-brother-needs-a-kidney.
If you are interested in becoming a living donor to help more people like Eric you can fill out a questionnaire at Uofulivingdonor.org