He has spent the majority of his life in the hospital system in Canada, spread across three provinces. After much consideration and years and years of trying to fix his digestive system, it was decided he would need a multi visceral transplant. (Multi organs including, stomach, duodeum, large and small intestine, liver, pancreas, and part of the colon.)
After almost two years of waiting on the transplant list, his family received the call this past week and they flew to Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital. His surgery lasted a long 14 hours. Always the fighter, Nate did incredible during surgery, but now the real work happens as his fight continues.
Due to covid-19, their original plans to move their life to Toronto during Nate’s long road to recovery, have been disrupted. There are major restrictions and protocols with their first option Ronald McDonald House (RMH) when it comes to other family members. Amazing and supportive as RMH is, Nate and his family now need to find new accommodations in downtown Toronto, so their family can be together while still supporting Nate. You can only imagine the costs that comes along with living in the country’s second most expensive city.
The Starycki are known to give. They have spent all of Nate’s life raising money for various charities and foundations. To date they have raised more than $60,000, and dedicate their time to promote Organ and tissue donation, to fund life saving research.
Now is the time for them to be taken care of by the love and generosity of others. We hope we as a community can generate enough funds to let them live in Toronto with the same amenties that we all enjoy in our homes. The length of stay is not certain at this time, but most certainly will be well into the the spring or even the summer of 2021 possibly longer. Every little bit helps. $5 means mom can have a coffee when she needs to pull another all nighter with Nate. $50 means the family can spend time together during the tough moments to come while someone takes care of dinner. $150 means another night’s accommodation in a city that doesn’t feel like home but has to be for the next few months. $500 means one of Nate’s brothers who are back in Saskatchewan can come for a visit.
Thank you all for your help, support and generosity.
- Clara Peterson
- Adrienne Yuzdepski
Organizer and beneficiary
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