Mike Riemer is a former Mt. Lebanon Democratic Committee who is currently serving on the Mt. Lebanon School Board. He is also the current Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, and prior to that he was a Mt. Lebanon police officer. For more than 30 years, Mike has been fighting to keep our neighborhoods safe, and to help people in need throughout the South Hills and across Western PA. Now, Mike is fighting for his life.
M was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetic illness that goes back at least four generations in his family. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. If a donor isn’t found soon, Mike will begin regular dialysis treatments. This has been a difficult time for Mike, his wife Katie, and their two college-aged children. They’re all very worried about Mike’s health, and want nothing more than to see him well again.
Before his health began to decline, Mike enjoyed skiing and golfing, but the fatigue that accompanies his illness now limits his activities. He looks forward to a transplant that will allow him to be more active with his family and feel more productive again.
But right now, Mike needs your help!
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
What if your life depended on the compassion and generosity of others?
The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve the growing burden of expenses for Michael. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with fundraising support for more than 30 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable NFT to provide Michael with the financial support he desperately needs.
That’s why we’re holding a fundraiser dinner on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Bower Hill Community Church. An all you can eat pasta dinner and concert, benefitting Mike Riemer’s Kidney Transplant Fund. You can also see the event details in our calendar here.
Tickets are being sold for the dinner in the following manner:
- Children 5 and under – Free
- Children ages 6 – 13 – $5 in advance, $6 at the door
- Over age 13 – $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Donations are Accepted
Donations are also being accepted. You can donate online or via check.
Make an Online Donation Now!
You can make a secure online donation via www.transplants.org. Click “Find an NFT Patient” and then search for Mike Riemer using the search tools.
You can also donate directly through Mike’s profile on Transplants.org.
Donate via Check
You can also donate offline, by sending a check donation to the address below. Kenneth Truver, Chief of Police in Castle Shannon, has been Mike’s friend since childhood and he is also the treasurer for the dinner. He’ll be accepting checks on Mike’s behalf at:
Make your check payable to: NFT Pennsylvania Transplant Fund
c/o Kenneth M. Truver, Chief of Police
Borough of Castle Shannon
3310 McRoberts Rd
Pittsburgh, Pa 15234
Please remember to write “in honor of Michael Riemer” on the memo line. Your donation is tax-deductible donation, and can be made via check or credit card.
Thank you for your generous support, and remember…if you cannot donate, please send your prayers to Mike and his family.