Michael Durisseau's Plight
**November 21, 2013 UPDATE**
Michael is home from the hospital and is completing his chemotherapy (Rituxan) as an outpatient. With the chemo treatment fighting the virus, dialysis is proving to be harder on his system than it has in the past, but he remains in good spirits and is feeling hopeful.
Thanks to everyone for the prayers and well-wishes.
Michael Durisseau became a kidney transplant recipient over 25 years ago and until a few months ago, was enjoying a full, yet modest life. Healthy living choices helped keep his transplant strong years beyond any doctor's expectation.
But as summer was coming to a close Michael started struggling. After weeks of testing doctors determined he had acquired HLH. He is, once again, in end stage renal failure, but he cannot be approved for a new transplant unless he can effectively fight the HLH. Doctors are recommending a 4-week Rituxan protocall. Each treatment comes at the price of $11,000 and is not covered by insurance.
In the meantime, Michael and his wife are at risk of losing their home. Michael is the primary income earner in his household and has been hospitalized for weeks with limited avenues for help with immediate expenses.
Our goal is to establish an emergency fund for Mr. and Mrs. Durisseau by reaching out to friends, family, or even strangers who feel led to help out with a small donation. In the short term, we are hoping to help cover basic living expenses for the months of November and December and raise additional funds for exorbitant gas and parking expenses.
Raising $1,200 would offer immense relief to a couple that is always, always willing to help friend or family member in need.