PUR Compassion Campaign

Kevin Penner
Stephen Penner
For: Kevin Penner    
Williston, North Dakota
Raised: $ 9,550 from 20 supporters



Stephen's parents, Kevin and Jodi, first noticed something was wrong when Stephen started taking naps in the middle of the day which was abnormal for the 15 year old, but what triggered them to visit the doctor was a cough- a concern for walking pneumonia. Routine chest x-rays showed a possible heart enlargement and Stephen was referred to Minot for an echocardiogram on June 30th. According to the doctor who reviewed the results, Stephen's heart was pumping at 10% efficiency, so Stephen was flown to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

As the doctors at Mayo evaluated Stephen, they were concerned that he was at risk of a negative heart event, so they hooked him up to an ECMO machine, which assists the heart in moving blood through the body.

The hope and prayer was that his heart would recover and he would be able to come off the ECMO machine. However, given the condition of his heart and the lack of much progress, the doctors started the process and preparations for a heart transplant. The doctors feel that his current level of health and the severity of his condition will cause his name to quickly move to the top of the transplant list.

(Updates after this July 8th overview can be followed on Stephen's Caring Bridge page here: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stephenpenner)

Many have expressed a desire to bless and support the family financially in addition to the outpouring of love and prayers. Funds will go to help with medical expenses and the costs of living in Rochester for the foreseeable future. This PUR Campaign allows you to give with all proceeds going to the family. No fees are taken out and your contribution is tax-deductible as PUR International is a 501c3 organization.


Supporters   20