By writer to www.kamloopsthisweek.com
A fundraising effort for a Kamloops toddler in want of a kidney will get underway this weekend through social media.
4-year-old Ferris Backmeyer has been waiting for the new organ almost all her life, having been identified with Mainzer-Saldino syndrome — a uncommon dysfunction involving kidney failure — simply days following her start.
This weekend — April 23 to April 25 — organizers will maintain a silent public sale through Fb to lift cash for the household. The Backmeyer household silent public sale will happen on Fb from 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, to eight:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, and is open to the general public.
“With COVID, proper now we’re unable to do something in particular person, so we figured this was in all probability our greatest guess to have the ability to increase some cash for them whereas conserving it secure with COVID,” mentioned co-organizer Kelsi Manson, noting she felt compelled to assist out after studying of Ferris’ story.
“I’ve acquired 4 youngsters myself,” Manson mentioned. “We’ve been very fortunate. We now have 4 wholesome youngsters, so I simply couldn’t even think about being in that scenario.”
Greater than 50 gadgets and/or companies have been donated for the public sale, however donations are nonetheless being accepted.
All funds shall be given to the household, with organizers noting their lodging prices when at BC Kids’s Hospital in Vancouver.
These prices have been a hindrance for the household, which has opted to maintain mother and father Lindsey and Pat, Ferris and siblings Tavia, 9, and Ksenia collectively on journeys for Ferris’ appointments and dialysis remedy. The older youngsters are homeschooled within the course of.
Mother Lindsey Backmeyer instructed KTW all of the help from the neighborhood is appreciated.
“I’m simply tremendous grateful,” Backmeyer mentioned.
Dad Pat is in nursing college and the household hasn’t been in a position to entry Ronald McDonald Home previously yr attributable to pandemic-related restrictions.
Monetary help helps ease the almost $4,000 monthly in lease the household has confronted, having already had two prolonged stays away from house previously yr.
A brand new kidney would free Ferris her from dialysis remedy and fixed travels to BC Kids’s Hospital. She has been near receiving a kidney thrice previously three months. In March, she had a transplant, however issues following the surgical procedure meant the kidney needed to be eliminated. Two different potential donor kidneys lined up in December and January fell by way of on the final second.
The Backmeyer household is at the moment house in Kamloops, having spent most of 2021 so far within the Decrease Mainland.
Extra journeys are of their future, beginning with one to satisfy with BC Kids’s Hospital to debate what went fallacious with Ferris’ transplant.
“We nearly misplaced her that evening — scariest evening of my life,” Backmeyer mentioned of her youngest daughter.
Throughout this newest keep, Ferris additionally wanted a restore to her stomach, a tear sustained throughout peritoneal dialysis remedy — a way that includes injecting a fluid that cleans the blood by way of the stomach.
Such dialysis could be executed within the consolation of house, however after fixing the belly tear, Ferris needed to swap to hemodialysis, through which the blood is cleaned by way of a machine. That process, nevertheless, can solely be executed at BC Kids’s Hospital and Lindsey is worried if the belly situation continues, docs could swap Ferris to hemodialysis indefinitely, requiring a extra everlasting relocation to Vancouver — one thing the household desires to keep away from.
Within the meantime, Lindsey mentioned, the household is joyful to be again in Kamloops surrounded by buddies, household and well-wishers.
Anybody who desires to contribute to the silent public sale can contact Manson by cellphone at 250-574-9505 or through electronic mail at email@example.com.
Whereas the fundraising will assist, the household continues to search for the last word donation of a dwelling kidney donor.
Sadly, neither of Ferris’ mother and father are a match for his or her daughter and, whereas many individuals have supplied, there’s a rigorous screening course of as one should be extraordinarily wholesome to donate a kidney.
To seek out out extra about being a donor, and to be taught whether or not you may be a match, contact the dwelling donor program at St.Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver by by cellphone at 604-806-9027 or 1-877-955-1755 or by electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.