$30,000 down, $10,000 to go!
Those numbers seem HUGE to me, but when you read her bio on the National Foundation of Transplant's donation page, it's clear that it's not even a dent in what she'll need in the long run. The $40,000 amount is just to get her on the organ waiting list!
The more I think of it, the crazier it seems. What happens to people who can't raise that money? Do they just die?
I am so grateful that Kerry and Ben have this incredible network of friends (and strangers) who are willing to help them generously. The fundraisers have only been going on two weeks, and yet, here we are. It's amazing, and it's such a testimony to the faithfulness of Abba.
Kerry blogs here, at Thorn-Pierced Rose, if you'd like to keep up with her story yourself.
I'll leave you with one of the songs that has meant a lot to her through her life journey. It's one of my favorite, too.
"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner