Donovan Sayler learned in June 2014 that he had a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy that attacked the tiny filters in his kidneys until they didn’t work anymore.
Sayler, who lives in Nampa, had to reduce his hours as a service technician for A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning and began a course of nightly dialysis treatments.
Now, Sayler is on track for a kidney transplant to be done at a Seattle transplant center. A cousin will be his kidney donor. A fundraiser is planned for Oct. 17 at PreFunk Beer Bar in Boise to help Sayler pay for the surgery.
Kidney transplants are expensive. They also come with extra costs for Idahoans, because there are no transplant centers in Idaho.
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Doug Ostler, pre-kidney transplant coordinator at the University of Utah’s transplant center, told the Statesman last year that the procedure costs upward of $200,000, with ongoing costs around $35,000 a year after the transplant.
Sayler’s girlfriend told the Statesman that Sayler is hoping to raise $10,000 to $15,000 from the fundraiser.