Alan & John Kelly Kidney Transplant Recovery Fund

Four years ago, my partner and Irish musician, Alan Kelly, was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). With no certain cure or known cause, so began three long years of trial and terror treatments. Unfortunately, nothing was successful and roughly one year ago, his kidney function deteriorated so much that he had to begin 4 hours of dialysis 3 times a week and wait an estimated 4 years for a kidney transplant. This unfortunately meant, for the first time in over 20 years, he would no longer be able to tour and perform internationally, except for a few select one off performances where he was able to organise dialysis abroad. 

Today, Alan's brother John, also a renowned Irish musician, has donated one of his kidneys to Alan so that he may have a better chance at life and shorten the long and tedious wait for a deceased kidney donor. It is truly one of the greatest gifts a human being can give. We are humbled and so grateful for his generosity. Both lads are out of surgery and doing well.

Because of Covid-19, John has had to take unpaid time off work to cocoon for 2 weeks prior to the surgery to ensure he would be Covid free. In addition, he will need a further 8 weeks post surgery to fully recover before he can return to any form of work. There is minimal government support offered to him for these 10 weeks. Despite it leaving him financially burdened, especially before Christmas, this has never stopped him from considering going ahead with the transplant.

For Alan, his recovery is more uncertain and he will need to take one day at a time. Post transplant leaves him in the utmost vulnerable category for Covid-19 and so he will need to continue cocooning for many months to come. 

Any funds raised will be split and are intended to help cover the loss of income from the inability to work during this time. It is also to offer a little breathing space so that neither feels pressured to return to work too soon or is forced into vulnerable situations because of financial pressures.

Neither John or Alan are aware I’m doing this... I hope it will be a welcome surprise! It Is a small way to say thank you to John for his kindness and bravery. It is a tough time for so many, so please just send your good wishes if you don’t have anything to spare right now. Any amount is gratefully appreciated as are your thoughts and good wishes. 

Thank you, Steph

Donations

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  • Martin Brunsden 
    • €20 
    • 1 d
  • JaneDoug HortonHolly 
    • €500 
    • 1 d
  • Mary McMahon 
    • €50 
    • 2 d
  • Mary McMahon 
    • €50 
    • 2 d
  • Mary McMahon 
    • €50 
    • 2 d
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Organizer

Steph Geremia 
Organizer

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