By creator to www.independencedeclaration.com
By SHAINA STOCKTON
Parker Carico is celebrating many milestones this yr, together with his upcoming commencement from Grayson County Excessive Faculty and not too long ago being topped promenade king. However his mom not too long ago shared that he’s hoping for 2021 to carry yet another bit of excellent fortune his manner — a brand new kidney.
Candi Carico, Parker’s mom, sat with him in a current interview with The Declaration. She described her son, who can be recognized with autism, as a life-long fighter.
“We came upon final yr that Parker was in kidney failure, and it has worsened from 47% [kidney function] final yr, to 12% this yr,” Candi mentioned.
Candi shared that Parker’s kidneys have been broken on account of untreated hypertension, and medicine prescribed after an orthopedic surgical procedure. She defined that his docs are apprehensive about his capability to take a seat by way of dialysis, so a donor is a greater possibility.
“They may try dialysis however we’re praying for a donor,” Candi mentioned. “It is going to be extraordinarily troublesome for Parker to take a seat nonetheless for 3 to 4 hour lengthy remedies three days per week. They may try it, however we hope they don’t need to.”
Parker’s prognosis has led to a gentle decline in his well being. He has been unable to attend college on account of his prognosis, along with the boundaries which were put in place over the previous yr on account of COVID-19.
His well being did enhance sufficient, happily, for him to attend his highschool promenade at Eagleview Occasion Middle in Elk Creek.
Parker talked briefly with The Declaration about his time at promenade. Smiling shyly, he provided, “I used to be promenade king, and so they gave me a crown.”
Candi then shared photographs of Parker receiving his crown, and celebrating the win by dancing along with his good friend and promenade date, Shakira Rector.
“Shakira stepped in to provide her time, and was such an angel to permit Parker to shine,” mentioned Candi.
Candi mentioned that Parker misses going to high school. He loves attending his courses and being open air.
At house, he has two canines which can be his world, Candi added.
Quite a lot of people have come collectively to hunt assist for Parker. The Fb web page, “Kidney for Parker,” shares frequent updates and hyperlinks for anybody who desires to assist.
Laura Smith Corridor, who manages the Fb web page for Candi, additionally started a transplant bills fundraiser, for many who should not eligible to be a dwell donor however nonetheless want to assist the household.
“There’s plenty of out-of-pocket price akin to touring, lodging and meals for each Parker and his mother touring forwards and backwards to the hospital and in addition physician’s appointments which can be additional away. Any quantity you may donate can be appreciated,” mentioned Corridor.
Wanda Pinion, a good friend of the household, mentioned that she and her husband Jack consider Parker as a grandson. Pinion initially reached out to the newspaper to request assist getting the phrase out about Parker’s kidney, and shared her emotions about Parker in a message to the newspaper.
“Parker gained mine and Jack’s coronary heart along with his kindness, laughter, perception in God, innocence and plain love he returns to everybody he is aware of,” Pinion mentioned.
Candi thanked everybody who has stepped in to assist Parker in any manner they’ll. She says she hopes that her son stays wholesome for his commencement, and that long-term assist finds them quickly in order that he can keep it up in direction of a happier and more healthy future.
“Parker has battled each storm that comes his manner like a trooper. He’s been by way of a lot, and I can’t say sufficient about how wonderful he’s,” Candi mentioned. “Parker has by no means met a stranger, and he loves everybody he meets. He has the largest coronary heart and love for all; and if all of us had this coronary heart and capability for love, we might dwell in a a lot better world.”
Additional inquiries about the way to assist Parker will be directed to the “Kidney for Parker” Fb web page. Those that are occupied with changing into a dwell kidney donor can go to uvahealth.com/
livingdonation for extra data.