Cindy and Scott Chafian will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on Jan. 25—but they will both be in the hospital recovering on the big day.
On Jan. 24, the Virginia based couple are scheduled for a kidney transplant, when Cindy will receive a kidney from Scott. She has been on dialysis for nearly two years now, since being diagnosed in her 20’s with polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary disease that runs in her family.
Doctor’s found that Scott's kidney is a perfect match for Cindy. The couple is trying to raise $5,000 for post-hospital bills and recovery time on a GoFundMe page, where the couple’s family has written:
“Doctors have told them that Scott is the cleanest donor candidate he has seen in five years. This couple was truly meant to be. The challenges they've faced together as a family of eight would tear many couples apart. But this couple just gets stronger and more determined and resilient. This kidney transplant will mean so much for their family in the long term. Like a dream they can't even possibly imagine at this point honestly. But what it means right now is two parents undergoing a surgery on the same day to save one parents life and vastly improve her quality of life. This is a genuine leap of faith, one they are excited for. It also means in the short term that they need support from friends and family like never before. Please help me show love and support for the Chafian family during this time of preparation. For the next few weeks they'll be on a roller coaster of emotions leading up to the big event. They'll be needing financial support since neither of them will be able to work. They'll also be needing meals and cleaning services. Other needs may come up in the future but for now let's show love and help in any way we can. If you know the Chafian family personally please forward donations to them directly. Thank you and God bless."
Scott offered to donate his kidney to his wife six years ago, but Cindy refused until her health declined to the point where she has to accept.
“I hit kind of rock bottom, and I looked at him and I said okay, I'm ready,” Cindy told local station WTKR. “To know that he's kind of giving me that ability is even more of an amazing gift. He powers me in so many ways ... he is literally going to give me life. So it's an amazing gift.”
Cindy’s great-grandfather died from polycystic kidney disease many years ago, but Cindy's grandfather and mother were received transplants from deceased donors. Her mom will be on hand to help the couple when they go home from the hospital.
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