Albert's Journey to the 2020 Transplant Games

Albert's Journey to the 2020 Transplant Games

From Albert Jones

Hello everyone, I created this page to help raise funds so i can attend my second transplant games of america which will be held in New Jersey in July of 2020. I had a liver transplant in September of 2013.

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Tragedy to Triumph

     Thank you for taking this journey with us! ...Not everyone gets a second chance, but this is my golden ticket opportunity at life!  With your help, life continues. I am Albert Jones and I am a liver transplant recipient. 

This journey has not been easy, but worth every trial. When I was selected to receive a liver transplant …I was selected to continue being a father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. In honor of this gift, I want to continue living life to the fullest. 

In appreciation of my donor, I am participating in the annual Transplant Games of America (an olympics for transplant patients). The Transplant Games is an opportunity to not only display the strength of the human body, but also the tenacity of the human spirit. I qualify for the transplant games because I had a life saving liver transplant in September of 2013 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

At the games, we meet and honor donor families (known and anonymous) to say thanks and pay homage to what their loved one has contributed to the cycle of life.

By joining in this campaign, you will directly help me to honor the gift of life that I have received. Your support will assist in paying for the fees, travel and accommodations necessary to attend and participate in the 2020 Transplant Games of America which will be held in New Jersey in July of 2020.

     One of the joys of this journey is to see my son witness me go from being sick and unable to walk-- to being a regular dad who can now play sports and actively participate in his activities, events and life.

     I hope you can share in this opportunity with me and I hope to represent you, our Los Angeles supporters, well! Participation in the games is a physical display of what I may not have been able to do again...walk, talk, run, jump...live life! It is also a symbol of my donor's legacy. 

     Every donation is special because I know you supported my life as a transplant recipient. Thank you in advance for your contribution! 

If you want to know more of my story….

     I was born 2 months premature and immediately needed a life-saving blood transfusion! Since they weren't screening donors back then, I received tainted blood in which I later developed sickness as a result. As a youth, I suffered for years before finally being diagnosed. 

      The initial diagnosis was Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and a few years later I was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) and Hepatitis B.  By then, it had wreaked havoc on my liver.  

      I was around 15 years old at the time and didn’t realize the impact all these ailments meant for my life. One of my doctors mentioned that I would probably need a liver transplant in 25 years.

     As a young adult, I continued to try and live a normal life with medication and under a doctor's care.  I was hired by the local police department and of course during my physical, the blood work showed elevated liver numbers. I was successfully able to get my liver doctor to sign off on it and I went on to finish the police academy. I worked in the law enforcement and then went on to work for government security. It was not without medical challenges, but I persevered. 

     Unfortunately,  as life went on, my health declined. By 40, as my doctor had predicted,  I was in need of life-saving measures. I was weak and down to about 90 lbs and was in and out of the hospital just to manage the End-Stage Liver Disease, but the cure would be a liver transplant. 

     This was a very tough season. I had been in the ICU in a very grave state and on all systems for life-support.  By the grace of God, I survived, which gave my doctor's hope. I kept fighting, as I knew others were standing with me, particularly my wife and young son. There were many challenges, some may call setbacks,  but it was a setup for my miraculous life story! Because of all the prayers, love, and support from family and friends...I am here today!  

     I continue to receive great care from the expert team at UCLA Medical Center and am thriving! I went from a paralytic state on life support to now-- talking, walking and living again.  I am fully restored and hope to continue getting stronger and healthier on this journey from tragedy to triumph! 

     Thank you for your hearts of love and generosity! I am thankful for my journey...as it continues!

May God richly bless you and your family.

With love,

Albert, Jessica and Ajay Jones

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