Josh recently underwent two rounds of chemo therapy to help rid his body of disease and is currently receiving dialysis threes days a week. You might remember from Josh’s Chive Charities story that his brother was initially identified as a match but after additional testing it was determined that a kidney transplant from his brother would not be successful due to incompatible antibodies. But just a few months ago while at a fish fry fundraising event, Josh was surprised to receive a FaceTime call from his cousin who recently got tested and learned that she was a match! Surrounded by his friends and family, Josh learned that he had a new opportunity for his long awaited Kidney Transplant. Josh will now return to UAB in Birmingham, Alabama in three months for a final evaluation before he is schedule for kidney transplant surgery.
Josh shared this message with us, "I can't thank Chive Charities and TheChive enough for all of your support!! I have an amazing support system who remind me everyday that I will get through of this. God works in mysterious ways and he uses every person in some way or another. I just don't know what his plan is for me but I'm ready. He leads and I follow.”
Chive Charities awarded Josh with a $5,000 grant for post-transplant lodging expenses that he has so patiently waited to use. Since Josh lives too far from the hospital to recover at home, so he’ll need to stay at a nearby hotel for three weeks of post-transplant care. This grant will help get Josh back to his happy place sooner, we’ll be with him every step of the way, so stay tuned for post-transplant updates and more on Josh’s recovery!