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Transplant Type - Kidney
Update: Bill received a kidney transplant from a living donor on May 31, 2018!
Let’s begin at the beginning – Bill has always had a fish tank. He was referred to as ‘the fish guy’ in the fish department at the pet store. Got a fish question? Go ask ‘the fish guy’ they would say. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a career. In 2004, when he relocated to Pittsburgh to marry Jackie, he named his business My FishGuy. In 2014, he had to close the business when his health would no longer allow him to drive or carry the equipment, adding to the financial strain.
One of the first things the Transplant Team told us to do was to start fundraising. We’d need $35,000 to cover expenses for the first year after transplant. We knew we would need a team to do this and TeamFishGuy was born. This Team is filled with relatives near and far. Old friends and newly made friends. Everyone joining together to support TeamFishGuy.
Bill’s new life comes at a very high price. The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, 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 NFT in honor of Bill. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Pennsylvania Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Bill Hutz" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity! Follow our adventure on https://mrsfishguy.com/ and like us on Facebook at Team FishGuy.
Patient Health Institute: Allegheny General Hospital
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