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Grant Money To Help Dialysis Disabled Young Man Become Self Sufficient

by William Lea
(Yakima, Washington, USA)

2003 Transplant

2003 Transplant

I am a 29-year-old male living in Washington State and in desperate need of income.

At age seven, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and by age 21 my kidneys had failed and I was on kidney dialysis.

I had a kidney/pancreas transplant in 2003, but the organs soon rejected.

I also developed post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, which is a type of cancer than can occur because of renal transplant. The chance that I would get this was about 1 in 10,000.

After going through four rounds of chemotherapy I again went back on dialysis and in 2007 I received my second kidney/pancreas transplant, which is still working well to this day.

However, because of the immense surgery, and complications from having diabetes for so long I now have back problems and severe stomach problems.

Having these problems makes it impossible for me to work, as I do not know how I will feel one day to the next. It is a roller coaster for me.

I am currently on Social Security Income due to my disability but can only receive around $450 a month, which is not much. Medicare and Medicaid pay for my doctor and hospital bills and most of my prescriptions.

I still have out of pocket costs however such as travel expenses when I have to go to doctors and the University hospital which is out of town.

Thankfully I have a loving family with whom I stay, but I hate to be a burden on them. I would like to have my own residence some day but the income I have now will just not allow for that.

Thank you for your time and any government grant help you can point me to. Sincerely, William Lea.

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Mar 31, 2013
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by: Don from Ability-Mission.org

Hi William,

The first thing you need to do is find out what benefits you are actually eligible for. Such benefits can help pay for things you are currently paying for. The money you save on that can go toward the things you want, like greater autonomy and self-sufficiency.

Please go to this page for step by step instructions on how to get started with the federal government website that helps you find benefits you are entitled to:


Few people are aware of this, so you could be quite surprised at what you uncover.

Let us know what you find, okay?

All the best!
Don from Ability-Mission.org

Jul 11, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I am in Washington and my children are on Medicaid. We call a number for gas assistance. If it is not the right one maybe they can refer you. 800-752-9422

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