On May 19, our good friend Michael Cano, who is only 26 years young, received the news he was in Stage 5 Kidney Disease (Kidney Failure) and could have only five months to live.
Online PR News – 23-October-2012 – St Augustine – On May 19, our good friend Michael Cano, who is only 26 years young, received the news he was in Stage 5 Kidney Disease (Kidney Failure) and could have only five months to live. This terrible ordeal began for Michael when he was only eight years old. He became very ill with Hydronephrosis, which is swelling of the kidney from backflow of urine caused by an obstruction. At this time doctors discovered Michael had only one kidney. The hydronephrosis caused Michael's only kidney deterioration to 60% functionality. Once Michael reached 18 years old the doctors told him he would be able to live a normal life so Medicaid dropped him (there was a court battle over this). Michael started working very hard to establish his own lawn care business at 19 years old and shortly after was able to mortgage his first house. Things were going very well for Michael as he married his childhood sweetheart, Leshelle in December of 2011. As 2012 came around Michael started feeling fatigued, nausea, vomiting, and even had a seizer at one point. Leshelle encouraged him to see a doctor where they received the bad news he was in Stage 5 Kidney Disease (Kidney Failure) with five months to live if ignored. He needed to undergo an evaluation immediately for a kidney transplant. He immediately had to stop working, was put on a very strict diet, and his new wife, Leshelle, of only 7 months is taking care of him full time. Leshelle is now going through the evaluation to donate one of her kidneys to Michael. Michael and Leshelle found an insurance that covered pre-existing conditions, but they are still faced with the many mounting bills pilling up before them. The cost of the pre-existing insurance is expensive not to mention the copays, hospital bills, and medications. Michael will need to take many medications after his surgery with one anti-rejection drug costing an astounding $3,000 a month for three months. Two other drugs will cost Michael over $1,000 each a month for the rest of his life. Four other medications Michael will be taking for the first year will cost $75-$600 each for the first year after his surgery.Michael Cano Fund This terrible ordeal is putting Michael and Leshelle through financial hardship with mounting doctor bills and Leshelle is unemployed due to Michael's daily care. Many bills are stacking up and stress is not what the doctor ordered for Michael. Since Michael's care will be ongoing for an extensive amount of time and Leshelle will have surgery to donate her kidney to her husband this fundraiser may need to keep going for a while. Thank you to everyone for your help!Please help us! Visit http://www.gofundme.com/us39c to get to know Michael and help a great family that could really use a prayer.