Wednesday 18 February 2015

Small #RandomActsofKindness add up to BIG #YouCaring: Jason's pancreatic-kidney #transplant

Yesterday, February 17th was Random Acts of Kindness Day.

I few years back I started chatting with a funny warm and engaging woman named Holly at a Team Buy twitter party. I can't remember what holiday theme it was about. In my mind I think Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. After the chat we followed each other on twitter. As it turned out she had recently started a blog Frugal Canadian Coupon Mom, and I shared and followed along on her posts there as well. 

Shortly after that I noticed an entertaining and engaging gentleman started to appear in conversations and at twitter parties. Turns out it was Holly's husband Jason. Individually they are great and as a couple they are outstanding. Jason writes for Holly's blog and as a blogaholic at PTPA.

I knew Jason had some health challenges including diabetes, but I was so sadden when I heard he would be starting dialysis twice a week because of chronic kidney disease. I knew this had to be tough and would put emotional and financial stress on the family, but in general I think both Holly and Jason have tried to stay positive and just deal with it one day at a time. 

Not surprisingly it was pretty exciting news when Jason started the screening process for a transplant. Unfortunately the transplant and appointments are not in the town where they live. The cost of travel to and from dialysis and the transplant appointments are adding up faster than Jason and Holly can pay them, and there will be additional costs for travel to Montreal for the actual transplants. Seems to me, at a time like this, stressing out about how to pay for the gas and expenses during the transplant period should be the last thing they should have to worry about. 

Jason has started a YouCaring page where you can donate to help him with these costs and expenses. Remember no donation is too small and all the small random acts of kindness can add up to a BIG difference. Please donate if you can, and then spread the word so other can too! 

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about my friend Jason and Random Acts of Kindness. 


  1. What a lovely post about Jason. I was so sad to hear that he was really ill but like you said, he seems to be rolling with the punches. I hope that he raises all the money he needs (and more!).

    You are always the first one in line when a friend (of which I am fortunate to be one) needs a helping hand. What goes around comes around and if you ever need help we've got your back.

    Besos Sarah.

  2. Thanks for the awesome post Cathy. You guys made me realize that there are amazing, compassionate people in this world. Thank you for all you've done. You are a friend for life and I'm happy to call you that :)

  3. Thanks for this post Cathy!! Jason is an incredible person and friend! Always supportive, kind and caring. Heading over now to lend a hand for him and his beautiful family.