Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pay Pal Button!

Some people have asked if the Pay Pal button on this site still works.

It sure does! (I just tested it out!)

To make a donation through PayPal, you need to have a PayPal account. It's super fast and easy to sign up. (But, just so you know, they do get a percentage of the money donated. About $.33 for every $1)

If you are not interested in signing up for PayPal but you would like to make a monetary donation, you can do that at any Wells Fargo location. Just tell the teller that you'd like to make a donation to the "Murray Barrett Liver Donation Fund". They will look up the account. There's more info. on that in the right side bar->->->

If going into Wells Fargo doesn't sound fun, then you can always mail a donation to:

626 N. 99th St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

You all are awesome! "Thanks" to everyone who is helping to spread the word! :)

** Dennis Pollack! I don't know who are but THANK YOU for your recent donation through PayPal! :) You and everyone else like you are how the Lord blesses us with hope**

Saturday, April 12, 2014


We are having a yard sale next Saturday (April 19th) at my parents house!

626 N. 99th St
Mesa, AZ 85207

If you have ANY thing you'd like to *donate please bring it to their house on Friday, or Saturday morning at the latest.
If you are in the area, be sure to stop by the yard sale next Saturday morning!


*all items that are not sold at the yard sale will be going to the thrift store

~And by the way. I just was looking at the title of this blog. Have we really been "doing this" since Aug. 2011? We are going on 3 years! The miracle is that my dad is still here! Through the grace of God we were able to get him health insurance. He has received excellent medical care at Mayo Clinic. I know that some days he doesn't know if being alive still is a blessing our not. Not feeling good EVER for days and weeks and months and years has got to be so hard. BUT, we still have hope that he will get a transplant...and we are still moving forward! Thank you everyone for every big and little thing you've done these past 2 1/2 years to help lighten my parents burden.

Friday, March 28, 2014


My dad is going back to his second childhood! He just got a three wheel bike. :) I will try to get a picture of him on it. We're hoping this will help him to be able to get out of the house more often. Not being able to drive has been one of the hardest parts of this liver disease for him.

We had a Pampered Chef party as a fundraiser for my dad last Friday evening. It was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who came and also to everyone who ordered products online! :)

Tomorrow my aunts and cousins in Utah will be having their annual fundraising yard sale! They work so hard to put these together. We are so grateful to them for their support. They are amazing!

If anyone in AZ has items that they would like to donate, we will be having a yard sale at my parents house the middle of next month!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hi, It's Jennifer

It's been almost a year since I have posted on my dad's blog! To be honest...I sort of forgot the sign in information...plus I have been a little busy with...moving...birthing a baby...things like that.

Anyhow. I thought I'd do a little bit of an update.

My dad is still waiting for a new liver!

He was also advised by his doctors to stop driving. The levels of ammonia on his brain were causing memory loss and really slow reflexes. (Like a drunk person with dementia)  He is on a medication for that and is doing better...but they told him they will reevaluate him in November and decide if he should start driving again.

Other than that. Things are pretty much the same. He goes in for regular visits and the doctors are keeping him as healthy as they can.

Also, We are looking for some good fundraising ideas. So...if you know of anything...email me @ bjflake00@yahoo.com

Thanks a bunch and hope you are all doing well!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Blood Clot

My dad's procedure went well today. They went in and put bands around the polyps (there's another word for them...but that's basically what they are...) anyhow. They put bands around them and they should fall off in a week or so.

When he is all healed up from this procedure they will start him on blood thinners for the blood clot that they found in a vein (or artery?) between his stomach and liver. Being on the blood thinners and all that will pump him up on the transplant list. That should all happen in the next month or two.

This is the nature of having a failing internal organ and being on a transplant list I guess. You gotta get worse before you can get better.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Transplant Coordinator Info.

I forgot to mention the person to call to find out if you are a good match for my dad! 

And let me stress again....this would be at NO COST TO YOU!

My dad's insurance covers him and the donor in a transplant situation. All of your testing, before and after surgery care, food, lodging...all of that is covered by his insurance. I do not think that it will compensate your wages lost from work though. That is something you'd have to pray about to know what is right for you and  your family.

This is a HUGE thing. I know that. But, I also know that both you and my dad will be greatly blessed. Mayo Clinic has a great support team. You will have a donation advocate who will make sure you know all the facts and will get you all the information you need to help you in your decision process.

The point is to be TESTED....find out if you are a match and THEN decide if donating part of your liver is something you feel is right to do. 

Again... whether you decided to donate or not...you will not have to pay for anything. Really. If you just want a thorough medical evaluation and a trip to AZ...for free...I'd say go for it! The more people who are tested...the greater the chance is of finding a donor for my dad!

Here is the person to call!

Kathy: 480-342-1010 or 1-800-344-6296

Another little update on my dad. He had an MRI today. Also. The doctor told them that these polyps in his throat are caused by bad blood flow due to the fact that the poor guys liver doesn't work right! If they burst, he will bleed to death. SO...tomorrow he will go in and have a procedure done that will stop the blood flow to those polyps.

 Keep those prayers coming!


This is Jennifer! Long time no see, right?!

Life has been busy and blogger hasn't worked for me...so I haven't kept up on with this blog very well lately.

My dad is doing alright. He is tired most of the time...I think he is "sick and tired of being sick and tired". He had an upper and lower GI done yesterday. They don't have all of the results back yet. During the lower GI, they removed some polyps to run lab work on...check for cancer and all that. There are some polyps in his esophagus also. They didn't remove any of them for testing. They felt it was too risky.

I also just want to let out a BIG CHEER because my dad is still alive! He was given a year to live with this diseased liver of his and he's made it. We are very hopeful that a liver will become available again soon.

A live liver donor for my dad has not been found. All canidates and their information are kept confidential, so we don't know who has been tested and who hasn't. I started the process of being tested and then found out that I am pregnant. I am not sure how long I have to wait after the baby is born to start the process again. Probably at least a year. I don't know if we have that long. If you have O+ or B+ blood...please consider being a live liver donor for my dad! It will be NO cost to you. You will get the BEST medical evaluation of your life from top doctors at Mayo clinic. Also, a lot of the preliminary testing can be done where you live. You would have to come to AZ (again, at no cost to you) and go through a series to tests at Mayo Clinic eventually (if they feel like you are a good candidate). Please think and pray about this opportunity!

Hope all is well with you can your families!

P.S. If you do not know your blood type, you can call and ask your doctor about it. Or, you can go donate blood and find out that way.