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Jul 10, 2017
A husband, a son, a brother, a friend, a devoted father of five crazy kids, a grandfather, a highly-spirited coach, a mentor, a number-one supporter, a dancer-in-the-car to any 80s pop group you could think of, a hardcore Notre Dame Football, Detroit Lions and Tigers fan, a kind stranger with a charismatic smile to everyone he meets, (one which Jesus so desperately asks us to be), Mike Stevenson has set the bar for excellence in all capacities of life, even as a few curveballs have been thrown his way. At the end of the day, as my selfless and ever-hardworking father always says, you've got to keep going and keep living your life. This quote my dad indeed has continued to live by even in in the midst of what has become a traumatic and unexpected year of health. Mike was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes several years ago and has continued to combat through with this disease. Traumatically in March, 2017, we heard the heart-wrenching news that Mike was diagnosed with Stage V Chronic Kidney Disease and was admitted to the hospital for emergency dialysis. With the dialysis, we also heard the painstaking news that only 20% of Mike's kidneys were working. After his first few sessions of dialysis at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, our family was overjoyed to have dad back at home and in recovery (our dog K.C especially elated). With the relentless and selfless help of our saintly mother Patty, Mike has received dialysis 2-3 times a week in the midst of a full time work schedule. Though we are grateful for the help that dialysis has brought to our gem of a father, Mike is in need of a kidney transplant. Through this website, we ask that you would graciously think to be tested and apply for the donation of a kidney, or speak among close friends and family that have considered donating. If you would also consider donating financially to Mike's cause it would be much appreciated (more information in "Ways to Help"). More than anything, we ask for your relentless prayers. To a man that has given his entire life to his family and to all of those that surround him, we ask that you please deeply consider giving back to him.