When we care for others our own strength to live increases. When we help people expand their state of life, our lives also expand. In this life, we are meant to thrive and not just to survive.
Hi everyone. This is Jayson Odayat, a good friend of mine since high school. He’s a very joyous person with a heart for helping others. If you are stressed, depressed or going through some serious stuff in life, having him around will surely bring you much laughter and joy. During first years in high school, we actually didn’t get along well. Not a single thought crossed my mind back then that I’ll be able to be friends with him, but I guess it’s God’s will for it to happen.
Behind those strong physique and jolly character, Jayson is already suffering from arthritis at an early age. But that didn’t stop him from doing what he wants and pursuing his dream. He took up Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduated from the University of Perpetual Help System Laguna on 2010 and was able to land a work under a respective fitness company as a fitness instructor.
But things changed in May 2012. While at work, his body failed him and needed to be rushed to the hospital. He was diagnosed with Stage 5 (End Stage Renal Failure) Chronic Kidney Disease, wherein the kidneys have lost nearly all their ability to do their job effectively.
This disease includes conditions that damage the kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by doing their job. If it gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time. People with this condition need Dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.
Doctors confirmed that Jayson had reached a point where he would have to undergo kidney transplant to survive. He needed to give up working as a fitness instructor due to this. One thing he never let go of was his deep faith and his positive spirit. This was a very difficult time for their family because their mother was also diagnosed with CKD years ago.
During that time, both Jayson and his mother were undergoing dialysis treatments weekly. We can only imagine the amount of money needed to make this happen every week and how difficult it is for them since they are not of wealthy family.
But our friend is a real warrior. He continues to make a living by accepting freelance works. He also tried his luck being a car sales agent hoping that it’ll bring him a good source of income to sustain his financial needs as well as help his family. But his body continues to fail him. Until in 2013 his mother died of the same sickness. It was very painful for him and he can’t help but to feel scared because it might also happen to him at any time.
Jayson continues to fight. He kept finding ways to earn money. He accepted being a private driver to some of his good-hearted acquaintances. He even joined the coast guard auxiliary having ranked as a Lieutenant Junior grade. While with the coast guard group, He served on community events as much as he could. He did charity services to other people in need even if he himself needs one.
A friend from the coast guard community offered to give sponsorship for him to be able to get a car which he uses to raise money through car renting service with him as the driver. He was so thankful for this because he was able to earn again to sustain his treatment. but It didn’t take long before his body failed him again. His condition has drastically worsened over the past few years, leaving him unable to work, and eventually let go of the vehicle. I used to hold my tears every time I come to visit him at his house. Seeing his condition, the massive weightloss, the thin arms and shoulders that used to have bulk in them, the fistula on his arms, I still can’t believe this can happen to him. I can’t imagine myself being in his shoes.
At their house, Jayson has 3 nephews and 3 nieces that are committed to seeing their uncle through his transplant. His family has been doing everything they can right now to come up with the funds needed for Jayson’s treatment plan. They are currently looking for possible loans, asking for help from relatives and friends, they are squeezing the hell out of their savings, and looking for other institutes and government programs that could help bring down the costs. But right now, they are nowhere near the amount needed to cover the initial transplant cost.
What we want to raise the money for:
Transplants are lifesaving, but the related expenses are very high. Even with insurance, Jayson’s family is financially unable to meet the expenses that must be covered. The strenuous pre and post-transplant period will require co-pays and deductibles, medical appointments, transportation and costly post-transplant immuno-suppressant drugs that he will need for the rest of his life. These financial burdens are constant hurdles in an already difficult journey to recapture a thriving life. To help with the financial burden of Jayson’s uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in his honor has been established.
We pray that this campaign would help him with the funds needed to make himself healthy again. We hope the people that will be reached by this campaign would be able to help. We will always be grateful for any help we can receive.
Where the money is going:
Every cent is going to Jayson to be used for his transplant operation and other necessary tests, treatments and medication.
We initially need to raise Php100,000 to kick start the transplant process plus another Php100,000 for the immediate consecutive treatments after the surgery.
This is to cover work-up test, surgery, doctor’s fee, transportation and other expenses that might surface during the process.
We also need to raise Php400,000 to cover most of necessary expenses during the post-transplant process.
This is includes post-transplant maintenance medication, transportation, treatments and checkups.
We also want to raise another Php100,000 to cover the next six months of dialysis.
Monthly Dialysis out-of-pocket Expenses – Php18,000
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Account Name: REMIGIO L. CUYA III
Account No: 0023 6073 1730
Account Name: MONIQUE ANSHELENE MANALANG
Account No: 4229 1811 95
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Jayson is still looking forward to living a long healthy life with his family and friends.
“I still look forward to helping my family, take my nieces and nephews to school, spending time with my friends, finding the right woman and have a family of my own. I still look forward to having kids of my own and watch them grow up, go through school, be the best person they could be. I still look forward to making a lot of memories with all of my loved ones and friends.” Jayson said. “I continue to pray that God will give me a second chance to thrive in this life, I will surely not waste it at use it to be a living testimony of his goodness."
On behalf of Jayson, his family and friends, thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, support and prayers. Please keep an eye on this campaign because we will be planning some fundraising events soon and posting updates regularly.
Once again, thanks for considering donating, we profoundly appreciate it! It doesn't matter how big or small the donation is, everything helps! God bless us all.