Laulima: Dad needs a kidney transplant

A young family will soon have to leave for the mainland, not for economic opportunity but for medical necessity.

They say they’ll find more options there for the father who needs a kidney transplant.

Mom and Dad together have five children. Dad has been dealing with kidney problems since he was 16 years old.

He is now diagnosed with end stage renal failure, when the kidneys can’t work at a level needed for everyday life. He’s on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant. His uncle on the mainland is said to be a perfect match.

Mom is a licensed cosmetologist, but cares for her children, helps dad and is preparing for a move. They don’t know the medical costs ahead, but right now hope for a happy holiday.

When asked, they said a Hello Kitty doll would make their 5-month-old daughter smile and they could use sippy cups and bottles and clothing size 9 months.

Their 3-year-old son would love roller skates, plus clothes and shoes.

Their 7-year-old daughter, 7-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter all want roller blades, plus clothes would be helpful.

Clothes for Mom and Dad too, plus Dad says a blender would be appreciated and Cool Water cologne, and Mom says she’d love kitchen items or a Christmas dinner.

In the spirit of laulima, or working together, you can make a difference for this family by providing a hand up, not a handout.

If you’d like to help this family, you can e-mail laulima@koka.org, call Keiki O Ka Aina at (808) 843-2502 or click here and use the ohana code: LS-033.

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